Into the Wild

Walt McCandless: Don't you walk away from me, woman! Woman!

Billie McCandless: Kids! Look what your dad is doing to me!

Walt McCandless: For God's sake, look what your mother is making me do!

Billie McCandless: Fuck you! I hate you!

Walt McCandless: There ain't gonna be no party. I'm gonna cancel Christmas this year.

Billie McCandless: Cancel Christmas? Who do you think you are? God?

Walt McCandless: That's right! I'm God!

Wayne Westerberg: Outdoorsman. What's your fascination with all that stuff?

Christopher McCandless: I'm going to Alaska.

Wayne Westerberg: Alaska, Alaska? Or city Alaska? Because they do have markets in Alaska. The city of Alaska. Not in Alaska. In the city of Alaska, they have markets.

Christopher McCandless: No, man. Alaska, Alaska. I'm gonna be all the way out there, all the way fucking out there. Just on my own. You know, no fucking watch, no map, no axe, no nothing. No nothing. Just be out there. Just be out there in it. You know, big mountains, rivers, sky, game. Just be out there in it, you know? In the wild.

Wayne Westerberg: In the wild.

Christopher McCandless: Just wild!

Wayne Westerberg: Yeah. What are you doing when we're there? Now you're in the wild, what are we doing?

Christopher McCandless: You're just living, man. You're just there, in that moment, in that special place and time. Maybe when I get back, I can write a book about my travels.

Wayne Westerberg: Yeah. Why not?

Christopher McCandless: You know, about getting out of this sick society. Society!

Wayne Westerberg: [coughs] Society! Society!

Christopher McCandless: Society, man! You know, society! Cause, you know what I don't understand? I don't understand why people, why every fucking person is so bad to each other so fucking often. It doesn't make sense to me. Judgment. Control. All that, the whole spectrum. Well, it just...

Wayne Westerberg: What "people" we talking about?

Christopher McCandless: You know, parents, hypocrites, politicians, pricks.

Wayne Westerberg: [taps Chris' head] This is a mistake. It's a mistake to get too deep into all that kind of stuff. Alex, you're a hell of a young guy, a hell of a young guy. But I promise you this. You're a young guy! Can't be juggling blood and fire all the time!


Ron Franz: I'm going to miss you when you go.

Christopher McCandless: I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God's place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.

Ron Franz: Yeah. I am going to take stock of that. You know I am. I want to tell you something. From bits and pieces of what you have told me about your family, your mother and your dad... And I know you have problems with the church too... But there is some kind of bigger thing that we can all appreciate and it sounds to me you don't mind calling it God. But when you forgive, you love. And when you love, God's light shines through you.

Christopher McCandless: Holy shit!

Ron Franz: What does the "N" stand for?

Christopher McCandless: North.

Ron Franz: [sounding surprised and frustrated] Alaska?

Christopher McCandless: If I wanted to paddle down the river, where's the best place to launch out of?

Ranger Steve Koehler: To *launch* out of?

Christopher McCandless: If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

Christopher McCandless: I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth.

Christopher McCandless: I read somewhere how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong... but to feel strong.

Christopher McCandless: It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations. Absolute freedom. And the road has always led west.

Christopher McCandless: Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don't want one.