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Quote of the Day

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 Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

  — George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788 – 1824), English poet. From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage – Canto IV

I can’t decide if Chris McCandless is a tragically heroic character, or a fool … but there is absolutely no doubt that story of the last two years of his life is moving and compelling.

Chris McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp

3 Replies to “Quote of the Day

  1. I’m going with fool. Read the book years back, but was too young and dumb to see it, the movie was well done and sealed it for me.

    He had ample opportunity to re-invent himself surrounded by people who loved him, yet he chose to ignore all of this for Alaska? Really?

    it is so sad that people are always searching for something when it is always right there in front of them, with neon lights and loud speakers, yet they ignore it, cause they think it cant be that obvious.

  2. Let’s face it, Chris McCandless, aka Alex Supertramp, most likely had a serious mental illness that was never acknowledged / treated.

    I thought the story was incredibly good reading, the movie was extremely well done (hey, it’s a grim & sad story, but it’s true) and overall, it was just a horrible tragedy.

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