31 Quotes For Inspiring Adventure

by Chris Hartley - Mountain Designs

31 Quotes For Inspiring Adventure

If the new year has you thinking about resolutions and reworking your life goals, maybe getting outdoors and on the path to adventure should be put on your list. There's plenty of studies to show that immersing yourself in nature, testing yourself with uncomfortable challenges and learning new things does wonders for your physical, mental and emotional health. If you're in need of a small bit of encouragement as the new year rolls in, read on for 31 quotes to inspire your next adventure.


1. "Adventure is worthwhile in itself."
Amelia Earhart, American aviator and author


2. "You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!"
Dr. Seuss, American children's author


3. "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'"
Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author


4. "It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer


5. "A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
John Augustus Shedd, American author and professor


6. "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."
Ernest Hemingway, American journalist and novelist

It's Not The Mountain We Conquer, But Ourselves

"It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary. (Image courtesy of Harrison Candlin)

7. "If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet."
Rachel Wolchin, South African-American author and blogger


8. "The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort."
Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist


9. "Then, one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you."
Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor


10. "And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."
John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist and author


11. "The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."
Eleanor Roosevelt, American political figure and diplomat


12. "Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."
J.K. Rowling, British writer and philanthropist

And Into The Forest I Go, To Lose My Mind & Find My Soul

"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." John Muir. (Image courtesy of Harrison Candlin)

13. "Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures."
Alexandre Dumas, French writer


14. "All good things are wild and free."
Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and essayist


15. "Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb."
Greg Child, Australian rock-climber and mountaineer


16. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
Helen Keller, American author and political activist


17. "If happiness is the goal - and it should be, then adventures should be top priority."
Richard Branson, British business magnate and philanthropist


18. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."
T.S. Eliot, American-British poet and essayist

Only Those Who Risk Going Too Far Can Possibly Find Out How Far They Can Go

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." T.S. Eliot. (Image courtesy of Harrison Candlin)

19. "The mountains are calling and I must go."
John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist and author


20. "He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary."
Friedrich Nietszche, German philosopher and cultural critic


21. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."
Saint Augustine, Theologian and writer


22. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by."
Robert Frost, American poet


23. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Chinese proverb from Chapter 64 of the Dao De Jing ascribed to Lao Tzu


24. "All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."
T.E. Lawrence, British archaeologist and diplomat

A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Chinese proverb. (Image courtesy of Harrison Candlin)

25. "Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets."
Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright


26. "Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit."
Edward Abbey, American author and essayist


27. "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try."
Seth Godin, American author


28. "The world is big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark."
John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist and author


29. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Jackson Brown, Jr, American author


30. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and lecturer


31. "Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown."
Claude Bernard, French physiologist


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