>>A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the oppositedirection in this too-big world.<<
>>Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.<<
Sal Paradise, On the Road (Jack Kerouac, Kapitel 5 & 12)
>>Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.<<
The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)
J. R. Tolkien
>>So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are contitioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism,all of which may appear to give on peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.
The very basic core of a mans' living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encouters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have and endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.<<
Chris McCandless (Into the Wild)
>>Slevin: I have ataraxia.
Slevin: It's a condition characterized by freedom from worry or any other pre-occupation really.<<
Lucky Number Slevin, 2006