Happiness lies in a large measure of self-forgetfulness, either in work . . . or in the love of others. ♥

— Everett Ruess

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I have always been unsatisfied with life as most people live it.

Always I want to live more intensely and richly. why muck and conceal one's true longings and loves, when by speaking of them one might find someone to understand them, and by acting on them one might discover oneself?

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I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities.

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I thought that there were two rules in life - never count the cost, and never do anything unless you can do it wholeheartedly. Now is the time to live.

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Always I shall be one who loves the wilderness: Swaggers and softly creeps between the mountain peaks; I shall listen long to the sea's brave music; I shall sing my song above the shriek of desert winds.

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But then, I am always being overwhelmed. I require it to sustain life.

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I have been thinking more and more that I shall always be a lone wanderer of the wilderness. God, how the trail lures me. You cannot comprehend its resistless fascination for me. After all, the lone trail is bestI'll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I'll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.

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Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary; That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun; Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases; Lonely and wet and cold, but that I kept my dream!

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I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time.

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While I am alive, I intend to live.

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I have been in many beautiful places, and did not wish to taste, but to drink deep.

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I'll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I'll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.

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I'm drunk on the fiery elixer of beauty.

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About Everett Ruess

Quotes 18 sayings
Profession Artist
Birthday March 28, 1914

I must pack my short lifer full of interesting events and creative activity.

Philosophy and aesthetic contemplation are not enough. I intend to do everything possible to broaden my experiences and allow myself to reach the fullest development. Then, and before physical deterioration obtrudes, I shall go on some last wilderness trip to a place I have known and loved. I shall not return.

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Always, I want to live more intensely and richly.

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I don't think I could ever settle down.

I have known too much of the depths of life already, and I would prefer anything to an anticlimax.

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I have seen almost more beauty than I can bear.

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I shall go on some last wilderness trip, to a place I have known and loved. I shall not return.

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