“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.”—
Family Happiness, Leo Tolstoy
Passage highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless’s remains.
“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this: One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, “Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!” This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you’re two. Two is the beginning of the end.”—Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
“After the Earth dies, some 5 billion years from now, after it’s burned to a crisp, or swallowed by the Sun, there will be other worlds and galaxies coming into being - and they’ll know nothing of a place once called Earth.”—Carl Sagan