Is this quote in the book Into the Wild or only in the movie? "When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you."

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This is a frustrating quote to track down. It does not appear in the full text of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. It is a line of dialogue spoken by Ron Franz in the 2007 film adaptation, written and directed by Sean Penn. The reason that tracking down the origin of this quote is frustrating is because different websites attribute it to Jon Krakauer. Even goodreads.com lists the quote as coming from the book. A different website says the quote is written by Krakauer but then cites it as being from the film. The quote does very much sound like something that Franz might have said to McCandless, but the film's screenplay is attributed to Sean Penn. Krakauer's book is the original source material, and he does get film credit for that, but Krakauer's name is not listed for the screenplay; therefore, Penn's screenplay is the source material for this exact quote.

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The quote first appeared in the book.  Krakaeur attributes the quote to Ronald Franz, an older retired army man.  Chris met Franz (this is a pseudonym for the actual person) is Salton City, CA in 1992.  Franz had lost his family in an accident long ago and was a recovering alcoholic.  He and Chris formed a father-son type bond.

According to Krakaeur, Franz was a devout Christian who would question Chris' lifestyle and choices often.  It seems that Krakaeur's intention in describing this relationship is to show how determined Chris is to continue on his trek "Into the Wild" and away from all human civilization.  Despite the bond Chris forms with Franz, he still chooses to move on, declining Franz's offer to adopt him as a grandson. 

Sadly, Krakaeur reports that Franz returned to drinking upon hearing about Chris' death. 

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