“It is necessary…for a man to go away by himself…and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?'” – Carl  (August) Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet, biographer, journalist and editor. 



“(…) The people I chatted with in Kito’s didn’t seem to doubt that I’d been to the top of the Thumb; they just didn’t mcuh care. (…) Less than a month after sitting on the summit of the Thumb, I was back in Boulder, nailing up siding on the Spruce Street Townhouses, the same condos I’d been framing when I left for Alaska. (…) It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic. I thought climbing the Devils Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life. In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams. And I lived to tell my tale.”

Jon Krakauer, (Born 1964), U.S. writer and mountaineer. He is the author of bestselling non-fiction books—Into the Wild; Into Thin Air; Under the Banner of Heaven; and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman—as well as numerous magazine articles. (For more information about McCandless, refer to

“You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.” – Sean McCabe (Born 1985), British musician.

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree (1924-2017), U.S. businessman and writer. A son of D. J. De Pree, founder of Herman Miller office furniture company, he and his brother Hugh De Pree assumed leadership of the company in the early 1960s, with Hugh becoming CEO and president in 1962.

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (1879-1935), U.S. vaudeville performer, actor, and humorous social commentator. He was born as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in the Indian Territory, and is known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son.

Also: “On Self-respect” / Joan Didion (1934-2021), U.S. writer and journalist. She is considered one of the pioneers of New Journalism along with Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe. Didion’s career began in the 1950s after she won an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine.

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