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The Best Adventure Quotes to Get Excited About the Great Outdoors

Last Updated: September 19, 2021
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Adventure is a wild, magical experience that inspires many of us to get out and explore the world around us. A good quote can help motivate you to plan your next adventure or can encourage you to continue along your adventure-filled path.

We know how valuable adventure quotes can be, so here are some of our favorites for you to enjoy.

Outdoor Adventures Quotes

Whether you like to hike, climb, paddle, ski, or sail, outdoor adventure is a fantastic way to spend your time. Here are some great outdoor adventure quotes that will have you packing your bags for your next trip to the mountains or wherever you find joy.

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery - air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” Sylvia Plath

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” - John Amatt

“There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compound of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfactions. When a man is part of his canoe, he is a part of all that canoes have ever known.” - Sigur F. Olsen

“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: We go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans... When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” - Wilfred Noyce

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” - Stephen Covey

“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through, the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” - Andy Andrews

Be Adventurous Quotes

Sometimes, we just need a little bit of motivation. These quotes remind us that being adventurous is a great way to live our lives.

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” - Irving Wallace

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” - Sue Fitzmaurice

“The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.” - Casey Neistat

“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” - Ewan McGregor

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Andre Gide

“One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.” - Edward Abbey

“Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” - Jaime Lyn Beatty

“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” - Jack Kerouac

“Don’t ask for security, ask for adventure. Better to live 30 years full of adventure than a 100 years safe.” - Jim Rohn

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” - Paulo Coelho

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.” - André Gide

Journey Adventure Quotes

There’s a lot that can be said about a journey and its ability to change how we experience the world. Up next, here are some quotes about the beauty of going on an adventurous journey.

“When you see someone putting his big boots on, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen.” - A.A. Milne

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies, and adopting new viewpoints.” - Wilfred Peterson

“Travel doesn’t become an adventure until you leave yourself behind.” - Marty Rubin

“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.” - Alexandre Dumas

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self... and to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.” - Søren Kierkegaard

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” - John Steinbeck

“Embrace the detours.” - Kevin Charbonneau

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu

Quotes About Life Adventure

Life is really just one big adventure, so here are some wise sayings that remind us of just that.

“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” - Steve Pavlina

“The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure.” - Joseph Campbell

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” - Helen Keller

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” - Oprah Winfrey

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” - William Feather

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” - Christopher McCandless

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Jawaharlal Nehru

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure.” - Robert Kurson

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” - Peter Pan

“What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.” - Juliette Binoche

“Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” - Eckhart Tolle

Inspirational Quotes About Adventure

Who doesn’t need a bit of inspiration every once in a while? These quotes provide that extra nudge you need to get out and take on that adventure you’ve always dreamed of.

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” - Amelia Earhart

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” - Paulo Coelho

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” - Jennifer Lee

“The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.” - Paulo Coelho

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” - G.K. Chesterton

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self-determined, self-motivated, often risky - forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the Earth and you will bear witness. In this way, you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” - Mark Jenkins

“A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” - Pico Iyer

“Adventure crushes the cobwebs of routine - it reminds you what it feels like to be alive.” - Mitch Glass

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” - T.S. Eliot

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Irving Wallace

“Adventures do occur, but not punctually.” - E.M. Forster

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” - Bob Bitchin

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you.” - Richard Aldnigton

“Adventure is worthwhile.” - Aesop

Couple Adventure Quotes

Adventuring with others means double the fun. Here are some great sayings that capture the beauty of exploring the world with someone else by your side.

“Love, like everything else in life, should be a discovery, an adventure, and like most adventures, you don’t know you’re having one until you’re right in the middle of it.” - E.A. Bucchianeri

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” - Trenton Lee Stewart

“Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.” - Emily Wing Smith

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” - A.A. Milne

“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” - Charles Shulz

“The best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” - Pico Iyer

“What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” - Robert Brault

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Final Thoughts

We hope that you enjoyed reading through these quotes as much as we do. If you particularly liked any of the quotes in our list, let us know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends so they can start planning their next adventure, too.

Gaby Pilson is a professional outdoor educator and climbing instructor with over ten years of experience delivering outdoor experiences. She holds multiple outdoor safety and education certifications and specializes in guiding expeditions to the polar regions. Gaby also works as a Wilderness Medicine Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Course Provider.
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