101 Epic Adventure Quotes to Inspire the Explorer in You

Adventurous quotes

More often than not, our lives make us tuck away our adventurous spirit and just embrace routine.

However, life without adventures is not a life well spent. In fact, discovering new places, meeting new people and having fun along the way is our best chance to live our lives to the fullest.

So, if you’re not feeling that inspired or you’re craving adventure and just need a push in the right direction, I’ve got some fantastic adventurous quotes for you.

These will certainly help you figure out how to embrace (or regain!) your adventurous spirit and learn more about the world around you.

Motivational Quotes From The World’s Greatest Adventurers & Explorers

At any given moment, some adventurer somewhere is boldly finding a way of pushing the limits.

Are you breaking new ground? Here’s some inspiration from some of the most pioneering people who have ever walked the planet – hard-chargers apparently wired to seek and succeed.

I work on the principle that each day I am going to work for 24 hours until my eyes bleed – anything less is a bonus.

British adventurer, writer and television presenter Bear Grylls

I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run… to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.

Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.

Scottish-born American pioneer John Muir

I demolish my bridges behind me – then there is no choice but forward.

Hardcore, multitalented Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen

It was in fact, a lot of people telling me that it was impossible to walk the entire length of the Amazon that spurred me on even more. As soon as they said ‘that’s impossible,’ it made me want to prove them wrong.

Amazon trekker and self-styled “nutter” Ed Stafford

With fear, you must prevent, not cure. Fear must not be allowed to take hold in the first place. If you are in a canoe, never listen to the roar of the rapid ahead before you let go of the river bank. Just do it!

British Polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes

Every morning I wake up saying, I’m still alive; a miracle. And so I keep on pushing.

Undersea explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau

Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others. It rises from your heart.

Junko Tabei – Japanese mountaineer, first woman to climb Everest

When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.

Scientist and hiker Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.

Africa Explorer David Livingstone

Life Adventure Quotes

In this modern age, where you can see the entire world from Google maps, we must struggle to hold onto our adventurous sides because leading an adventurous life is about so much more than the fleeting thrill of adrenaline, it is also about finding ourselves.

Life is an adventure and this first batch of quotes proves it. They are all about the importance of actively seeking adventure and making it an integral part of your existence:

If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.

Richard Branson
“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.” – Richard Branson

What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.

George Mallory

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

Amelia Earhart

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

William Feather

Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.

Jaime Lyn

Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.

Steve Pavlina

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

Jawaharial Nehru

You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.

Sue Fitzmaurice

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

Jack Kerouac
"Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." - Jack Kerouac

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.

Irving Wallace

If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.

Paul Coelho

…adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them.


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

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

Jawaharial Nehru

Quotes About Taking Risks

One of the key elements of Adventure is risk-taking.

Fear of being wrong or doing something badly is an obstacle every single person runs into at least once in their life.

However, I’m here to inspire you not to trust that fear. I’m here to show you why taking risks and not having everything sorted out all the time is not a bad thing.

Sure, your comfort zone is a safe place to be in. But when not taking risks and always picking the safest bet in all aspects of your life, you’re robbing yourself of so much experience and so many adventures.

Therefore, it’s time to learn how not to follow the crowd but your gut and your own feelings instead.

Here are some of my favorite quotes about getting outside your comfort zone and not following the crowd. Let’s kick things off with one of my all-time favorite quotes from Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain
Mark Twain quote

Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.

Bear Grylls

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.

Paulo Coelho

I don’t want to not live because of my fear of what could happen.

Laird Hamilton

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T. S. Eliot
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T. S. Eliot

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Albert Einstein
“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” – Albert Einstein

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

T.S. Eliot

Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.

Richard Aldington

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

Joseph Campbell

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.

Rachel Wolchin

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.

Robert Frost

Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.

Mark Jenkins

Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.

Marty Rubin

For me, exploration was a personal venture. I did not go to the Arabian Desert to collect plants nor to make a map; such things were incidental. At heart I knew that to write or even to talk of my travels was to tarnish the achievement. I went there to find peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert peoples…It is not the goal but the way there that matters, and the harder the way the more worthwhile the journey.

Sir Wilfred Thesiger

And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

Randy Komisar

Adversity & Transformation Thru Adventure

Another key component of Adventure is adversity. To truly come to know ourselves, and grow in the process, we need to overcome obstacles, solve mysteries and come out the other side transformed.

Adventure quotes usually talk about how we should all embrace spontaneity and take the leap, as they say. However, we cannot forget the fact that adventures can also lead to adversity that can often make us a bit… uncomfortable.

But that’s the beauty of them! Adventures make us go the extra mile for ourselves. They help us transform ourselves from within while solving mysteries in our lives and overcoming the bad things that might have happened to us.

It sounds like a difficult process, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! But it’s also an important one. So instead of avoiding adventures because adversity makes you uncomfortable, take a look at these quotes.

Here are my favorite quotes about the uncomfortable side of Adventure:

When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.

Thornton Wilder
"When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home." - Thornton Wilder

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

Anthony Bourdain

Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.

Edward Abbey

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

Sir Rannulph Fiennes

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an dventure.

Bob Bitchin

…or put another way

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

G. K. Chesterton

Quotes About Finding Adventure Thru Travel

Remember what I said in the intro about discovering new places and meeting new people? Well, these quotes will help you with that.

In fact, they will help you understand why traveling is not something you should see as an inconvenience.

Instead, you should see traveling as a luxury that only a few can have. But it’s not about the material luxuries per se. It’s about all the things you will discover during your travels that will actually enrich your body, mind, and soul.

It’s about nurturing that wanderlust that makes us refuse to stay in a boring routine that’s not doing anything for us. It’s about traveling the world and discovering who we really are.

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

Dalai Lama

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.

Anthony Bourdain

Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.

Oscar Wilde

Live your life by a compass not a clock.

Stephen Covey
"Live your life by a compass not a clock." - Stephen Covey

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.

James Michener

A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.

Edward Abbey

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Susan Sontag

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

John Steinbeck

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

St. Augustine

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

Freya Stark

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

Martin Buber
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." - Martin Buber

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

Tim Cahill

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.

Paul Theroux

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Gustave Flaubert

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.

Rich Ridgeway

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." – Lao Tzu

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Henry Miller

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

Charles Dudley Warner

When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map.

Amie Kaufman

Nobody owns the world. So feel free to explore it!

E.A. Cabaltica

A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.

Roman Payne

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu

People don’t take trips, trips take people.

John Steinbeck

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Ibn Battuta

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.

Jack Kerouac

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

Bill Bryson

Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

David Mitchell

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Aldous Huxley

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.

Anais Nin

When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.

Clint Borgen

Wilderness Adventure Quotes

Some of the best adventures you’ll have in your life will take place in the wilderness. Now, I’m not saying everybody needs to be like Bear Grylls (although he is a great person to be).

No — what I’m saying is that the wilderness sometimes has all the answers we’re seeking. And the same can be said about the following quotes.

Nature, no matter if we like it or not, is a part of us and a part of our world. So instead of spending our days doing absolutely nothing, we can actually have meaningful adventures in the wilderness.

What’s more, these adventures don’t have to be dangerous for us to feel that spark within ourselves. All they have to do is help us realize just how valuable we are in this world and how much our lives are better when we step out of our comfort zone.

A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him, and leaving something of himself upon it.

Sir Martin Conway

The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.

Daniel J. Rice

The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.

Nancy Wynne Newhall
The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.

Going to the mountains is going home.

John Muir

I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.

Frank Lloyd Wright

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

Light up a campfire and everyone’s a storyteller.

John Geddes

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.

Edward Abbey

Adventure Quotes By Celebrities

We usually love them, or we cannot stand them. But one thing is for sure — celebrities are people, just like us. And, just like us, they seek out and have adventures on a daily basis, trying to improve their lives.

Actors, directors, singers, and others — they all have an adventurous side to them as well. However, their lives sometimes work against that, and they feel like they’re in a rut — just like we all do.

So they’ve learned how to cope with that and how not to cancel out their adventurous spirit.

Luckily, they’ve shared their wisdom publicly, so we can learn from their quotes and incorporate some changes in our lives. Let’s see what they have to say.

Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.

Angelina Jolie

Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.

Ewan Mcgregor

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves, in finding themselves.

John Wayne

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

Shirley MacLaine

I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.

George Foreman

I get mad when people call me an action movie star. Indiana Jones is an adventure film, a comic book, a fantasy.

Harrison Ford

I think risk-taking is a great adventure. And life should be full of adventures.

Herbie Hancock

Adventure Quotes From Books and Movies

Finally, I want to share with your some of the best adventurous quotes I’ve gathered from books and movies.

Now, don’t freak out — just because these were said by imaginary characters, that doesn’t make them any less true.

Books are written by people, and movies are made by them as well. So, one way or another, the constant search for adventure ends up in a script or in a draft of a book. Without it, all those characters would seem less human.

You know where I’m going with this, right? The thrill of an adventure, the pure whiff of it — it’s all attainable.

All we have to do is actively seek out new experiences, new places, new ideas, and new people. That way, we can ensure that our lives are never dull, never contained within a routine, and more importantly, always well spent.

Oh the places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J.R.R Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

Never fear the quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.

Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.

Winnie the Pooh

The stars were better company anyway. They were very beautiful, and they almost never snored.

David Eddings, Crystal Gorge

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.

Vincent Van Gogh

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

W.M. Lewis

Final Thoughts

You see? Adventures are nothing to be afraid of. What’s more, they are exactly what will give our life a purpose. They can mend our broken hearts, fill us with passion and even help us attain wisdom we cannot get just by getting up, going to work and spending nights in front of the TV.

So, whenever you feel like your thrill-seeking spirit is falling asleep again, make sure you reread these adventurous quotes and get inspired once more!

Check out our best Hiking Quotes page for more great outdoor wisdom.

About the Author

CM Burns
CM Burns
CM Burns has been a music video director, a cameraman for Nat Geo, has recorded ancient Tibetan chants in India and swum with whales in Baja, California. Currently living in the Philippines you will find him anywhere Adventure happens.
CM Burns
CM Burns
CM Burns has been a music video director, a cameraman for Nat Geo, has recorded ancient Tibetan chants in India and swum with whales in Baja, California. Currently living in the Philippines you will find him anywhere Adventure happens.
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