‘Into The Wild’ Quotes

Friday, August 19 by Anita York

'Into The Wild' Quotes

Into the Wild quotes are full of inspirational and philosophical meanings. Both the book and the movie center around the story of the life of Christopher McCandless, a young and brave (though some would say foolish) man looking for a purpose in life.

“When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.” – Christopher McCandless. This phrase basically summarizes Christopher’s entire outlook on life. He believed that people were not motivated enough in getting what they wanted, and he refused to be like that himself.

“Happiness only real when shared.“ – Christopher McCandless. The last words Christopher ever wrote, they were found on his copy of the book “Doctor Zhivago”. These words show that Christopher grew as a person, and realized that while he was enjoying solitude, sharing his joy with someone else was far more meaningful.

“You don't need human relationships to be happy, God has placed it all around us.” – Christopher McCandless. From the movie version of the story, though Christopher’s religious views were never truly discussed many references to a God were made. Perhaps because he had a high level of spirituality.

"The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences." – Christopher McCandless. Another phrase that shows the philosophy Christopher lived by and that he acted out. Constantly trying new things, Christopher never felt complete unless he was experiencing something new.

"Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth."-Christopher McCandless, paraphrased from Henry David Thoreau. Christopher added in “than fairness”, perhaps because his own life was unbalanced, he strived for the truth and meaning in life.

"When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” – Ron Franz. A quote shared by both the book and movie, this is most likely paraphrased from Christopher’s encounter with Ron Franz. Christopher had a rough childhood, and he had never really forgiven his parents for it.

"What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now?" – Christopher McCandless, his last spoken words in the film, though he did not say them in real life this dialogue was placed to show that Christopher was at peace near the ends of his days.

"I now walk into the wild." – Christopher McCandless’s sent by postcard to Wayne Westerberg, while “happiness only real when shared” were his last written words, these were the last words he ever said to another person – they hold the significance of him saying goodbye.

"I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong… to measure yourself at least once." - Christopher McCandless. This quote that he is recalling is from the short story “Bear Meat”, by Primo Levi about making mistakes and the meaning of being free.

“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.- Leo Tolstoy, stated by Christopher McCandless. From the classic book “War and Peace” that Christopher read and was touched by. Leo Tolstoy was one of Christopher's favorite authors; he took many things that he wrote to heart.

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