All The Advice From “Into The Wild” By Jon Krakauer
This book describes the true story of Chris McCandless, a bright, upper-middle-class, college-educated 24-year-old, who set off alone into the Alaskan wild and died there several months later.
My notes reflect Chris’ worldview, the advice he gave others, his reasons to leave his normal life behind and quotes he was pondering during his last months.
If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal – that is your success.Henry David Thoreau
- Be open to the raw throb of existence.
- Always tell the truth.
- Own nothing except what you can carry on your back at a dead run.
- There are two states of life: War and Peace.
- Real meaning and joy are found in experiences, memories and the joy of living life to the fullest extent.
- Consider a radical change in your lifestyle.
- Begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt.
- You are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may only appear to give you peace of mind.
- In reality, nothing is more damaging to your adventurous spirit than a secure future.
- The very basic core of the human spirit is our passion for adventure.
- There is no greater joy than having an endlessly changing horizon.
- Have a new and different setting each day.
- If you want to get more out of life you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a “helter-skelter” style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy.
- Hit the Road.
- Don’t settle down and sit in one place; Move around, be nomadic, be each day someplace else.
- You are wrong if you think that joy emanates only or mainly from human relationships; joy is all around us, it is in everything and anything we can experience.
- Have the courage to turn against your habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
- Spend as little money as possible and you will enjoy it much more immensely.
- Don’t hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses.
- Always fight to kill your false being within and stay on your spiritual pilgrimage.
- We are all poisoned by civilization.
- All the following are holy: Food, Warmth, Positivism, Joy of the Life, Aesthetics, Absolute Truth and Honesty, Reality, Independence, Finality, Stability, and Consistency.
- Don’t go into the wilderness to ponder nature or the world but, rather, to explore your own soul.
- Demand more of yourself.
- Happiness is only real when shared.
- Don’t rush anything: Care about every step while always having your end-result in mind.
- There are no events other than thoughts and the heart’s calling.