Sunday, December 03, 2006

I just demolished in one gulp a book by Jon Krakauer called "Into the Wild." Find this book and read it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Wild

Here are some quotes from it:
http://www.bmarch.atfreeweb.com/into_the_wild.htm

"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 conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. 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." -Chris McCandless

"Lara walked along the tracks following a path worn by pilgrims and then turned into the fields. Here she stopped and, closing her eyes, took a deep breath of the flower-scented air of the broad expanse around her. It was dearer to her than her kin, better than a lover, wiser than a book. For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment and to call each thing by its right name, or, if this were not within her power, to give birth out of love for life to successors who would do it in her place." -a passage from Doctor Zhivago underlined by Chris McCandless.

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