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Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?"

What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?




Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore."

Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore.




Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will."

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love most deeply in a new, more fractured light. Look hard. Risk that."

The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love most deeply in a new, more fractured light. Look hard. Risk that.




Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "You have to say I am forgiven again and again until it becomes the story you believe about yourself."

You have to say I am forgiven again and again until it becomes the story you believe about yourself.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding."

That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Real love moves freely in both directions. Don't waste your time on anything else."

Real love moves freely in both directions. Don't waste your time on anything else.




Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of. Your life will be a hundred times better for it."

Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of. Your life will be a hundred times better for it.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It's the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It's worthy of all the hullabaloo."

Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It's the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It's worthy of all the hullabaloo.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It's up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out."

Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It's up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "The wanting was a wilderness and I had to find my own way out of the woods."

The wanting was a wilderness and I had to find my own way out of the woods.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I was a pebble. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me."

I was a pebble. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me.




Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I walked all those miles, I learned all those lessons. It's as if my new life was the gift I got at the end of a long struggle."

I walked all those miles, I learned all those lessons. It's as if my new life was the gift I got at the end of a long struggle.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I am an advocate of honesty and openness, and I think deceit is a dangerous seed to plant and let grow in relationships."

I am an advocate of honesty and openness, and I think deceit is a dangerous seed to plant and let grow in relationships.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Until we as a gender refuse to wear any shoe that would be uncomfortable to walk a mile in, we’re perfectly screwed."

Until we as a gender refuse to wear any shoe that would be uncomfortable to walk a mile in, we’re perfectly screwed.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Write like a motherfucker."

Write like a motherfucker.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Forgiveness doesn't sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill."

Forgiveness doesn't sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I write to find what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right."

I write to find what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "The people who don’t give up are the people who find a way to believe in abundance rather than scarcity."

The people who don’t give up are the people who find a way to believe in abundance rather than scarcity.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I'd finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in."

I'd finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward. I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something."

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward. I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "It was my life — like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be."

It was my life — like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "My mom said there's a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there or not. You can put yourself in the way of beauty."

My mom said there's a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there or not. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal."

Run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "The place of true healing is a fierce place. It's a giant place. it's a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light."

The place of true healing is a fierce place. It's a giant place. it's a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding"

Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "You get to define the terms of your life."

You get to define the terms of your life.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. We don't always do the right thing on our way to rightness."

Believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. We don't always do the right thing on our way to rightness.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "He kissed me hard and I kissed him back harder, like it was the end of an era that had lasted all of my life."

He kissed me hard and I kissed him back harder, like it was the end of an era that had lasted all of my life.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "You will come to know things that can only be known with the wisdom of age and the grace of years. Most of those things will have to do with forgiveness."

You will come to know things that can only be known with the wisdom of age and the grace of years. Most of those things will have to do with forgiveness.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that's all."

You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that's all.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves."

Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "With fiction, it could be about anything. It just has to be good writing, like Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," which I read recently. I want to forget I have a book in my hand."

With fiction, it could be about anything. It just has to be good writing, like Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," which I read recently. I want to forget I have a book in my hand.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go."

I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "There isn't a thing to eat down there in the rabbit hole of your bitterness except your own desperate heart."

There isn't a thing to eat down there in the rabbit hole of your bitterness except your own desperate heart.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "You can't replicate walking 94 days through the wilderness by yourself with a really heavy pack until you do it."

You can't replicate walking 94 days through the wilderness by yourself with a really heavy pack until you do it.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren't a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was."

Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren't a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you're talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated."

The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you're talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "There's no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course."

There's no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: ""The Dream of a Common Language" by Adrienne Rich. I carried it the entire hike. On my first night, when I felt like I was in too deep, I read the first poem out loud to myself over and over."

"The Dream of a Common Language" by Adrienne Rich. I carried it the entire hike. On my first night, when I felt like I was in too deep, I read the first poem out loud to myself over and over.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Every time I read Erin Belieu work I'm pierced in that wonderful way poetry can."

Every time I read Erin Belieu work I'm pierced in that wonderful way poetry can.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start here."

Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start here.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first."

But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "But if I could go back in time, I wouldn't do a single thing differently. What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?"

But if I could go back in time, I wouldn't do a single thing differently. What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "And every last one of us can do better than give up."

And every last one of us can do better than give up.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "I felt something growing in me that was strong and real."

I felt something growing in me that was strong and real.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true."

Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "...the other half of rising—the very half that makes rising necessary—is having been nailed to the cross."

...the other half of rising—the very half that makes rising necessary—is having been nailed to the cross.



Cheryl Strayed Quotes: "What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?"

What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?