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Cheryl Strayed Quotes

60 of the best book quotes from Cheryl Strayed
  1. #1
    “You are grieving because you loved truly.”
  2. #2
    “We don’t reach the mountaintop from the mountaintop. We start at the bottom and climb up. Blood is involved.”
  3. #3
    “If, as a culture, we don’t bear witness to grief, the burden of loss is placed entirely upon the bereaved, while the rest of us avert our eyes and wait for those in mourning to stop being sad, to let go, to move on, to cheer up. And if they don’t — if they have loved too deeply, if they do wake each morning thinking, I cannot continue to live — well, then we pathologize their pain; we call their suffering a disease.
    We do not help them: we tell them that they need to get help.”
  4. #4
    “Believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. We don’t always do the right thing on our way to rightness.”
  5. #5
    “Accept that sorrow and strife are part of even a joyful life.”
  6. #6
    “There are so many things to be tortured about. So many torturous things in this life. Don’t let someone who doesn’t love you be one of them.”
  7. #7
    “Ask yourself: What is the best I can do? And then do that.”
  8. #8
    “The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
  9. #9
    “Hello, fear. Thank you for being here. You’re my indication that I’m doing what I need to do.”
  10. #10
    “To love and be loved. That is the meaning of life.”
  1. #11
    “Be brave enough to break your own heart.”
  2. #12
    “Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life.”
  3. #13
    “Transformation doesn’t ask that you stop being you. It demands that you find a way back to the authenticity and strength that’s already inside of you. You only have to bloom.”
  4. #14
    “What if I forgave myself? What if I forgave myself even though I’d done some things I shouldn’t have? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything different from what I’d done? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if all those things I shouldn’t have done were what got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
  5. #15
    “This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You’ve earned the right to grow.”
  6. #16
    “Our most meaningful relationships are often those that continued beyond the juncture at which they came closest to ending.”
  7. #17
    “When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows, but because of them, that you would not have chosen the things that happened in your life, but you are grateful for them, that you will hold the empty bowls eternally in your hands, but you also have the capacity to fill them?
    THE WORD FOR THAT IS HEALING.”
  8. #18
    “The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
  9. #19
    “That 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. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.”
  10. #20
    “It’s folly to measure your success in money or fame. Success is measured only by your ability to say yes to these two questions: Did I do the work I needed to do? Did I give it everything I had?”

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Three Little Words book
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Spot Loves His Daddy book
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Penguin and Pinecone book
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The Trumpet of the Swan book
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All the Places to Love book
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  1. #21
    “[Books] were the world I could lose myself in when the one I was actually living in became too lonely or harsh or difficult to bear.”
  2. #22
    “It felt pretty awful, and yet perhaps this was how it felt to be a backpacker.”
  3. #23
    “There was the woman I was before my mom died and the one I was now, my old life sitting on the surface of me like a bruise.”
  4. #24
    “I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
  5. #25
    “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.”
  6. #26
    “I didn’t feel sad or happy. I didn’t feel proud or ashamed. I only felt that in spite of all the things I’d done wrong, in getting myself here, I’d done right.”
  7. #27
    “I made it the mantra of those days; when I paused before yet another series of switchbacks or skidded down knee-jarring slopes, when patches of flesh peeled off my feet along with my socks, when I lay alone and lonely in my tent at night I asked, often out loud: Who is tougher than me?
    The answer was always the same, and even when I knew absolutely there was no way on this earth that it was true, I said it anyway: No one.”
  8. #28
    “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.”
  9. #29
    “…the death of my mother was the thing that made me believe the most deeply in my safety: nothing bad could happen to me, I thought. The worst thing already had.”
  10. #30
    “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed.”
  1. #31
    “I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.”
  2. #32
    “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.”
  3. #33
    “I only knew that it was time to go, so I opened the door and stepped into the light.”
  4. #34
    “Every now and then I could see myself—truly see myself—and a sentence would come to me, thundering like a god into my head, and as I saw myself then in front of that tarnished mirror what came was the woman with the hole in her heart.”
  5. #35
    “The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.”
  6. #36
    “I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even what the word faith meant, in all of it’s complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”
  7. #37
    “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.”
  8. #38
    “That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding.”
  9. #39
    “I was trying to heal. Trying to get the bad out of my system so I could be good again. To cure me of myself.”
  10. #40
    “Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.”
  1. #41
    “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”
  2. #42
    “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.”
  3. #43
    “You give a lot of great advice about what to do. Do you have any advice of what not to do?”
  4. #44
    “You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”
  5. #45
    “Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it.”
  6. #46
    “I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”
  7. #47
    “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”
  8. #48
    “The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.”
  9. #49
    “You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.”
  10. #50
    “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”
  1. #51
    “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”
  2. #52
    “You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and 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.”
  3. #53
    “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.”
  4. #54
    “Love..It can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor and “loaded with promises and commitments” that we may or may not want or keep.
  5. #55
    “The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.”
  6. #56
    “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
  7. #57
    “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.”
  8. #58
    “It is not so incomprehensible as you pretend, sweet pea. Love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. It can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children.”
  9. #59
    ″ It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental.”
  10. #60
    “The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.”
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