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Jon Krakauer

Geburtstag: 12. April 1954
Andere Namen: جان کراکائر

Jon Krakauer ist ein US-amerikanischer Bergsteiger und Autor.

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Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer

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„[…] Ich möchte aber gern noch einmal auf meinen Ratschlag zurückkommen; ich finde nämlich, dass du dein Leben radikal ändern und ganz mutig Dinge in Angriff nehmen solltest, die dir früher nie in den Sinn gekommen wären oder vor denen du im letzten Moment zurückgeschreckt bist. So viele Leute sind unglücklich mit ihrem Leben und schaffen es trotzdem nicht, etwas an ihrer Situation zu ändern, weil sie total fixiert sind auf ein angepasstes Leben in Sicherheit, in dem möglichst alles gleichbleibt – alles Dinge, die einem scheinbar inneren Frieden garantieren. In Wirklichkeit wird die Abenteuerlust im Menschen jedoch am meisten durch eine gesicherte Zukunft gebremst. Leidenschaftliche Abenteuerlust ist die Quelle, aus der der Mensch die Kraft schöpft, sich dem Leben zu stellen. Freude empfinden wir, wenn wir neue Erfahrungen machen, und von daher gibt es kein größeres Glück als in einem immer wieder wechselnden Horizont blicken zu dürfen, an dem jeder Tag mit einer neuen ganz anderen Sonne anbricht. Wenn du mehr aus deinem Leben machen willst, Ron, dann muss du deine Vorliebe für monotone, gesicherte Verhältnisse ablegen und das Chaos in dein Leben lassen, auch wenn es dir am Anfang verrückt erscheinen mag. Aber sobald du dich an ein solches Leben einmal gewöhnt hast, wirst du die volle Bedeutung erkennen, die darin verborgen liegt, und die schier unfassbare Schönheit. Um es auf den Punkt zu bringen, Ron: Geh fort raus Salton City und fang an zu reisen. […] Sei nicht so träge und bleib nicht einfach immer am selben Platz. Beweg dich, reise, werde ein Nomade, erschaffe dir jeden Tag einen neuen Horizont. Du wirst noch so lange leben, Ron, und es wäre eine Schande, wenn du die Gelegenheit nicht nutzen würdest, dein Leben von Grund auf zu ändern, um in ein vollkommen neues Reich der Erfahrungen einzutreten.
Es stimmt nicht, wenn du glaubst, dass Glück einzig und allein zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen entspringt. Gott hat es überall um uns herum verteilt. Es steckt in jeder kleinen Erfahrung, die wir machen. Wir müssen einfach den Mut haben, uns von unserem gewohnten Lebensstil abzukehren und uns auf ein unkonventionelles Leben einzulassen.
Vor allem möchte ich dir sagen, dass du weder mich noch sonstwen brauchst, um dieses neue, hoffnungsfroh schimmernde Licht in dein Leben zu bringen. Du musst nur zur Tür hinausgehen und die Hand danach ausstrecken und schon ist es dein. Du selbst bist dein einziger Feind, du und deine Sturheit, mit der du dich weigerst, dich auf etwas Neues einzulassen. […]
Du wirst staunen, was es alles zu sehen gibt, und du wirst Leute kennenlernen, von denen man eine Menge lernen kann. Aber mach es ohne viel Geld, keine Motels, und dein Essen kochst du dir selbst. Je weniger du ausgibst, desto höher der Erlebniswert. […]“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into the Wild

Into the Wild

„Happiness [is] only real when shared“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into the Wild

Quelle: Into the Wild

„It's not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into the Wild

Quelle: Into the Wild

„I now walk into the wild.“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into the Wild

Quelle: Into the Wild

„When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into the Wild

Quelle: Into the Wild

„Most of us fear death. Most of us yearn to comprehend how we got here, and why — which is to say, most of us ache to know the love of our creator. And we will no doubt feel that ache, most of us, for as long as we happen to be alive.“

—  Jon Krakauer

Author's Remarks.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (2003)
Kontext: I don't know what God is, or what God had in mind when the universe was set in motion. In fact, I don't know if God even exists, although I confess that I sometimes find myself praying in times of great fear, or despair, or astonishment at a display of unexpected beauty. There are some ten thousand religious sects — each with its own cosmology, each with its own answer for the meaning of life and death. Most assert that the other 9,999 not only have it completely wrong but are instruments of evil, besides. None of the ten thousand has yet persuaded me to make the requisite leap of faith. In the absence of conviction, I've come to terms with the fact that uncertainty is an inescapable corollary of life. An abundance of mystery is simply part of the bargain — which doesn't strike me as something to lament. Accepting the essential inscrutability of existence, in any case, is surely preferable to its opposite: capitulating to the tyranny of intransigent belief. And if I remain in the dark about our purpose here, and the meaning of eternity, I have nevertheless arrived at an understanding of a few modest truths: Most of us fear death. Most of us yearn to comprehend how we got here, and why — which is to say, most of us ache to know the love of our creator. And we will no doubt feel that ache, most of us, for as long as we happen to be alive.

„Early on a difficult climb, especially a difficult solo climb, you constantly feel the abyss pulling at your back. To resist takes a tremendous conscious effort; you don't dare let your guard down for an instant.“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into the Wild

Quelle: Into the Wild (1996), Ch. 14.
Kontext: Early on a difficult climb, especially a difficult solo climb, you constantly feel the abyss pulling at your back. To resist takes a tremendous conscious effort; you don't dare let your guard down for an instant. The siren song of the void puts you on edge; it makes your movements tentative, clumsy, herky-jerky. But as the climb goes on, you grow accustomed to the exposure, you get used to rubbing shoulders with doom, you come to believe in the reliability of your hands and feet and head. You learn to trust your self-control. By and by your attention becomes so intensely focused that you no longer notice the raw knuckles, the cramping thighs, the strain of maintaining nonstop concentration. A trancelike state settles over your efforts; the climb becomes a clear-eyed dream. Hours slide by like minutes. The accumulated clutter of day-to-day existence — the lapses of conscience, the unpaid bills, the bungled opportunities, the dust under the couch, the inescapable prison of your genes — all of it is temporarily forgotten, crowded from your thoughts by an overpowering clarity of purpose and by the seriousness of the task at hand. At such moments something resembling happiness actually stirs in your chest, but it isn't the sort of emotion you want to lean on very hard. In solo climbing the whole enterprise is held together with little more than chutzpah, not the most reliable adhesive.

„Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet.“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into Thin Air

Quelle: Into Thin Air (1997), Ch. 1.
Kontext: Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet. I understood on some dim, detached level that the sweep of earth beneath my feet was a spectacular sight. I'd been fantasizing about this moment, and the release of emotion that would accompany it, for many months. But now that I was finally here, actually standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care.

„But now that I was finally here, actually standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care.“

—  Jon Krakauer, buch Into Thin Air

Quelle: Into Thin Air (1997), Ch. 1.
Kontext: Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet. I understood on some dim, detached level that the sweep of earth beneath my feet was a spectacular sight. I'd been fantasizing about this moment, and the release of emotion that would accompany it, for many months. But now that I was finally here, actually standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care.

„I don't know what God is, or what God had in mind when the universe was set in motion. In fact, I don't know if God even exists, although I confess that I sometimes find myself praying in times of great fear, or despair, or astonishment at a display of unexpected beauty.“

—  Jon Krakauer

Author's Remarks.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (2003)
Kontext: I don't know what God is, or what God had in mind when the universe was set in motion. In fact, I don't know if God even exists, although I confess that I sometimes find myself praying in times of great fear, or despair, or astonishment at a display of unexpected beauty. There are some ten thousand religious sects — each with its own cosmology, each with its own answer for the meaning of life and death. Most assert that the other 9,999 not only have it completely wrong but are instruments of evil, besides. None of the ten thousand has yet persuaded me to make the requisite leap of faith. In the absence of conviction, I've come to terms with the fact that uncertainty is an inescapable corollary of life. An abundance of mystery is simply part of the bargain — which doesn't strike me as something to lament. Accepting the essential inscrutability of existence, in any case, is surely preferable to its opposite: capitulating to the tyranny of intransigent belief. And if I remain in the dark about our purpose here, and the meaning of eternity, I have nevertheless arrived at an understanding of a few modest truths: Most of us fear death. Most of us yearn to comprehend how we got here, and why — which is to say, most of us ache to know the love of our creator. And we will no doubt feel that ache, most of us, for as long as we happen to be alive.

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