22 Best ‘Into the Wild’ Quotes

The book into the wild was authored by Jon Krakauer and was published in 1996. It was inspired by his article featuring Christopher McCandless titled “Death of an Innocent” which appeared in the January 1993 issue of the Outside, which is a popular magazine. The book was considered a best selling book and has been printed in 173 editions and 30 languages.

Into the Wild was adapted into a film in 2007. It was directed by Sean Penne. The lead star was Emile Hirsch who played the role of McCandless. The film received numerous nominations and citations.

Chris McCandless was born from a wealthy family. He was an achiever in any aspect. He was an athlete and a straight-A student. Instead of living a luxurious life, he decided to donate his savings to charity and went to the Alaskan wilderness for an adventure.

Read on this article as we compiled best “Into the Wild” Quotes from both the novel and the book that will speak to your hearts and minds.

Happiness is only real when shared.

Christopher McCandless

Anyone can be happy. There are things in life that bring us joy and happiness. But can you truly be happy being alone? Real happiness can be genuinely felt if you share it with others. It can be contagious and is best celebrated. Happiness shared with others means you are also touching other people’s lives with positivity.

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Christopher McCandless

Make the most of hat life has to offer. You only live once. Make happy memories and do not dwell on failures and setbacks. Life is changing every day and we need to cope to become better individuals. If we don’t do that, we won’t be able to move forward and make the most of our time. Live life to the fullest. Life is a journey and we need to live the most of it.

I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to having it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor – such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps – what more can the heart of a man desire?

Christopher McCandless

As unique individuals, we have different preferences that will give us satisfaction in life. Some things make us happy which can’t bring happiness to other people. Genuine happiness is not measured by material things. Some of us would rather live a simple life and that makes them happy. As human beings, we have different sources and ideas of happiness.

He believed that doing well was all mental, a simple matter of harnessing whatever energy was available.

Christopher McCandless

The power of the mind can bring about positivity or negativity. How we think sets the course of our journey. If you think positive even in negative situations, you will be able to see the goodness in any situation and make something out of it. It sets the energy and vibe on what you ought to do. Think positive and feel it. It can bring you joy.

It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found.

Christopher McCandless

You only live once. Life is worth living. The happy memories are the real treasure that life has to offer. Live it to the fullest. Go to an adventure. Follow your dreams. Laugh as much as you can. Live life with people you love and share them with the joy that you have in your heart. Do not dwell on the negative. Push yourself to greater heights.

I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.

Christopher McCandless

Happiness is not measured by relationships or anything that surrounds us. Even though our relationships with other people indeed bring us happiness that is not just the only reason that will make us happy. Even simple things can bring us great joy. Anything that completes us and brings joy to our hearts can make us happy. It is all about our perspective in life.

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.

Christopher McCandless

Life is how you make it. If you live life from a negative perspective, then do not expect positive results. Yes, there are setbacks, but you do not have to dwell on them. Change how you think. See the good in every situation. Be positive that something good will come out of your present situation.

Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.

Christopher McCandless

Self- critic is our mortal enemy. It belittles who are and limit us to what we can do. Quiet your inner critic and be a friend your self. You deserve love and kindness. The same love and kindness that you will be able to show to others. Be kind to yourself.

A lot of people in the valley just love me a lot. Everybody now, I think, in the whole world is just loving me. And I want to have the wisdom to love them back. And that’s about it.

Leonard Knight

Genuine love can be felt. You will feel how it warms your heart with positivity. It gives you a happy atmosphere with kindness. In doing so, you will also be able to show the same kindness and positivity towards others.

Strong. You can do anything. You can go anywhere. Money, power is an illusion.

Christopher McCandless

Though most things in life are driven by money, money can’t buy everything. The best way to achieve your goals is to stay strong. Get help from your strongest attributes and the people around you. The real treasure of this world is not tangible. The real treasure is felt by the heart and the success you gain by achieving your goals.

When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.

Christopher McCandless

Be motivated and stay motivated if you want to achieve your goals. Passion is another driving force towards success. There is so much strength in pushing yourself towards achieving your goals. Do not limit yourself. Take the risk.

Don’t hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses. Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did.

Christopher McCandless

If you are driven to achieve your goals, then there is no room for procrastination or excuses. Hard work is another key to success. If you are determined to achieve your goals in life and become successful, then work for it. Time is of the essence.

I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often.

Christopher McCandless

Overthinking often brings no good. Most of the time you keep thinking about things that do not need that much attention. You waste time and energy on matters that do not require so much of your energy. It will drain you and in the end, you will not have the strength and motivation to move.

He needed his solitude at times, but he wasn’t a hermit. He did a lot of socializing. Sometimes I think it was like he was storing up company for the times when he knew nobody would be around.

Christopher McCandless

There are moments in our lives when we needed to separate ourselves from the company of others. Having time for yourself or “me” time is healthy. It allows you to meditate on what is happening around you and evaluate it. It allows you to get to know yourself better and use that knowledge to keep on going in life.

I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters.

Christopher McCandless

When you are doing what you love to do, time may seem not to matter anymore. All you have in mind is to keep going to be able to attain your goal.

You got to get back out in the world! Get out of that lonely house, that little workshop of yours. Get back out on the road! Really! You’re going to live a long time, Ron! You should make a radical change in your lifestyle!

Christopher McCandless

Life has so much to offer so go and enjoy! Do not spend your time wallowing on your miseries. Instead, go ahead and have fun. Discover places and go on adventures. Make happy memories and make life worth living.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; there is a rapture on the lonely shore; there is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not to man the less, but nature more.

Christopher McCandless

Life is full of surprises. It is also full of mystery. Nature for one can communicate with us. It can unfold different stories and can make us feel so many emotions. It is by how we perceive nature that it talks to us. Nature speaks to us in so many ways and the language of nature will always be magical.

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

Christopher McCandless

The secret to a happy life is to let the negative go and let the positive flow. Life can’t be ruled by reason. It can’t be put in a box. It must be lived without hesitation. You must take risks and take on adventures. You only live once in a lifetime so enjoy your life and live it to the fullest.

You’re just living, man. You’re just there, at that moment, in that special place and time. Maybe when I get back, I can write a book about my travels.

Christopher McCandless

Living life won’t give meaning to it. Living life to the fullest will allow you to enjoy it and grasp the real essence of life. It will not be an easy life but with a positive mindset and perspective, you will always see the best that life can offer.

We like companionship, see, but we can’t stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again.

Jon Krakauer

As social individuals, we need to establish social interactions with other people. We need other people in our lives. Some relationships are permanent some are short-lived but regardless of what we have, they are all vital parts of our social being.

I know how important it is in life to measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.

Christopher McCandless

Nothing is more important than knowing yourself. Know your strength and weaknesses. it is important because no one knows the real you, except you.

I now walk into the wild.

Christopher McCandless

Setting a journey into the wild is like walking to the unknown. It takes a lot of courage and strength to embark on such a journey.

I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.

Christopher McCandless

Passion. The need for adventure. Action. Risk. There is so much energy in us that will drive us to explore life. Life has so much to offer. Every opportunity is a blessing so go for it.

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.

Christopher McCandless

Everyone is driven by the passion to do something. So if you have set a goal, stay passionate, and work hard to achieve it.

The whole idea was to lose our bearings, to push ourselves into unknown territory.

Gordy Cucullu

In life, there are risks that we have to take to be able to achieve our goals. In doing so, there are things that we need to let go as we embark on adventures. You cannot carry excess baggage. It will make your journey a little bit harder.

Life is an adventure. It is your choice if you set your self and embark on adventures that will lead to achieving your goals and living life to the fullest. Set a positive mind and heart. Be good. Stay kind. Life is a gift. Enjoy it.

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