Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.

โ€” Jon Krakauer

The most captivate Jon Krakauer quotes that are glad to read

Passion is what makes life interesting, what ignites our soul, drives our curiosity, fuels our love and carries our friendship, stimulates our intellect, and pushes our limit.... A passion for life is contagious and uplifting. Passion cuts both ways.... Those that make you feel on top of the world are equally able to turnit upside down.

38

The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences.

36

When a young person is moved by a passion and feels compelled to go on this sort of quest, I think you have to let him. You can't stop him. In our culture we don't have formal rights of passage like in some ancient cultures. Subjecting yourself to risk... may be something you have to go through to be a man or a woman.

33

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only.

..from human relationships. God has placed it all around us...and all you have to do is reach for it.

33

There is something special about a quiet untouched forest that just pulls you into the moment. Something that no parks will ever be able to achieve. Isn't that what we're all searching for in life? To just be happy and content in the moment, to just be there in the "now"?

30

Most climbers aren't in fact deranged, they're just infected with a particularly virulent strain of the Human Condition.

27

The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

27

Some people feel like they don't deserve love.

They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.

26

It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.

17

I don't know what God is, or what God had in mind when the universe was set in motion. In fact, I don't know if God even exists, although I confess that I sometimes find myself praying in times of great fear, or despair, or astonishment at a display of unexpected beauty.

16

An extended stay in the wilderness inevitably directs one's attention outward as much as inward, and it is impossible to live off the land without developing both a subtle understanding of, and a strong emotional bond with, that land and all it holds.

16

I thought climbing the Devil's Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life.

In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.

16

About Jon Krakauer

Quotes 90 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday April 12, 1954

The thing that is most beautiful about Antarctica for me is the light.

It's like no other light on Earth, because the air is so free of impurities. You get drugged by it, like when you listen to one of your favorite songs. The light there is a mood-enhancing substance.

14

I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here.

.. rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth.

14

Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It's like going to the moon.

13

Its not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.

9

But somethings in life are more important than being happy. Like being free to think for yourself.

9

Antarctica is a very alien environment, and you can't survive here more than minutes if you're not equipped properly and doing the right thing all the time.

8

As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane-as a means of inciting evil, to borrow the vocabulary of the devout-there may be no more potent force than religion.

8

Getting to the top of any given mountain was considered much less important than how one got there: prestige was earned by tackling the most unforgiving routes with minimal equipment, in the boldest style imaginable.

7

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

5

Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th Century invention and I don't want one. You donโ€™t need to worry about me; I have a college education. Iโ€™m not destitute. I'm living like this by choice.

5

Mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.

5

The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything.

5

I understood what he was doing, that he had spent four years fulfilling the absurd and tedious duty of graduating from college and now he was emancipated from that world of abstraction, false security, parents, and material excess.

4

Having stumbled upon a tolerable career, for the first time in my life I was actually living above the poverty line. My hunger to climb had been blunted, in short, by a bunch of small satisfactions that added up to something like happiness.

4

I think part of the appeal of Antarctica is experiencing some sort of power, the forces of the natural world.

4

It was titillating to brush up against the enigma of mortality, to steal a glimpse across its forbidden frontier. Climbing was a magnificient activity, I firmly believed, not in spite of the inherent perils, but precisely because of them.

4

According to the moral absolutism that characterizes McCandless's beliefs, a challenge in which a successful outcome is assured isn't a challenge at all.

3

But now that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care.

3

In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern.

One climber's actions can affect the welfare of the entire team.

3

Children can be harsh judges when it comes to their parents, disinclined to grant clemency.

3

Now what is history? It is the centuries of systematic explorations of the riddle of death, with a view to overcoming death. That's why people discover mathematical infinity and electromagnetic waves, that's why they write symphonies.

3

It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. God it's great to be alive! Thank you. Thank you.

3

Alaska has long been a magnet for dreamers and misfits, people who think the unsullied enormity of the Last Frontier will patch all the holes in their loves. The bush is an unforgiving place, however, that care nothing for hope or longing.

2

The desert sharpened the sweet ache of his longing, amplified it, gave shape to it in sere geology and clean slant of light.

2

Everest has always been a magnet for kooks, publicity seekers, hopeless romantics and others with a shaky hold on reality.

2

This forms the nub of a dilemna that every Everest climber eventually comes up against: in order to succeed you must be exceedingly driven, but if you're too driven you're likely to die.

2

Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often.

2

If you're bumming out, you're not gonna get to the top, so as long as we're up here we might as well make a point of grooving. (Quoting Scott Fischer)

1

Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet.

1

THE LONG WALK is a raw, wrenching, blood-soaked chronicle of the human cost of war. Brian Castner, the leader of a military bomb disposal team, recounts his deployment to Iraq with unflinching candor, and in the process exposes crucial truths not only about this particular conflict, but also about war throughout history. Castner's memoir brings to mind Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front.

0

Heaven, for me, is one focused project - it's like a weird form of autism.

0

weeping...betraying a sense of loss so huge and irreparable that the mind balks at taking its measure.

0

HAPPINESS is ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED

0

At that stage of my youth, death remained as abstract a concept as non-Euclidean geometry or marriage. I didn't yet appreciate its terrible finality or the havoc it could wreak on those who'd entrusted the deceased with their hearts.

0

Achieving the summit of a mountain was tangible, immutable, concrete.

The incumbent hazards lent the activity a seriousness of purpose that was sorely missing from the rest of my life. I thrilled in the fresh perspective that came from the tipping the ordinary plane of existence on end.

0

Sometimes my need to love hurts-- myself, my family, my cause.

Is there a cure? Of course. But I refuse. Refuse to stop loving, to stop caring. To avoid those tears, that pain...To err on the side of passion is human and right and the only way I'll live.

0

If you want a blank spot on the map, you gotta leave the map behind.

0