Everett Ruess





Everett Ruess

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Average rating: 4.12 · 395 ratings · 45 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
Everett Ruess: A Vagabond f...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 270 ratings — published 1973
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Everett Ruess (POD): A Vaga...
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Wilderness Journals of Ever...
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On Desert Trails With Evere...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2000
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Der Poet Der Canyons: Leben...
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“I have always been unsatisfied with life as most people live it. Always I want to live more intensely and richly. why muck and conceal one's true longings and loves, when by speaking of them one might find someone to understand them, and by acting on them one might discover oneself?”
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“As to when I shall visit civilization, it will not be soon, I think. I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. Do you blame me then for staying here, where I feel that I belong and am one with the world around me? It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty....
Even from your scant description, I know that I could not bear the routine and humdrum of the life that you are forced to lead. I don't think I could ever settle down. I have known too much of the depths of life already, and I would prefer anything to an anticlimax.”
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“say that i starved, that i was lost and weary
that i was burned and blinded by the desert sun
footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases,
lonely and wet and cold, but that i kept my dream!”
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