101 Adventure Quotes to Inspire the Explorer in You

As we get older and the realities of adulthood replace the unbridled childhood thirst for adventure. Jobs, kids and and financial obligations slowly strip us of our desires to explore new places, discover new cultures and unravel the mysteries of life.

If you are one of the lucky ones who has retained your passion for adventure then I salute you. If not, I put together these 101 quotes about Adventure to try and inspire you to regain some of that adventurous spirit.

Life Adventure Quotes

In this modern age, where you can see the entire world from Goolge 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

“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.” – Unknown

“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. 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 form 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

“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

“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

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.

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 adventure” – 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

These quotes will get you excited about taking a trip.  This is why you should travel.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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