Strayed's inspirational words have been needlepointed onto pillows, printed on mugs and t-shirts, and shared among readers as personal mantras. Brave Enough draws from the wide range of Strayed's writings to share more than 100 of her most popular quotes-quotes that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor.
"From the comic to the profound, the simple to the complex, the sorrowful to the ecstatic, the inspiring to the stern, whenever I need consolation or encouragement, a clear-eyed perspective or a swift kick in the pants-which is often-quotes are what I turn to," said Strayed. "I think of quotes as mini-instruction manuals for the soul...I believe in the power of words to help us reset our intentions, clarify our thoughts, and create a counter-narrative to the voice of doubt many of us have murmuring in our heads."
Whether humorous or wise (and often both at once), Strayed's words are anthems that remind us that we may inevitably make mistakes, but we can also do better, both for ourselves and for others.
Strayed is the author of Torch, Wild, and the collection of "Dear Sugar" advice columns, Tiny Beautiful Things. In conversation with Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence Column for Slate.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on The Rumpus since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.
Photo credit: Joni Kabana
From 2006 - 2015, Yoffe served as Slate's advice columnist, Dear Prudence. She is a contributing editor to The Atlantic.