Adventure Quotes

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When was the last time you went on an adventure? Maybe these quotes about adventure will jog your memory.

While some of us still see travel as an adventure, for many of us, our adventurous spirit is something that we leave behind in childhood. Our days of exploring new places, climbing trees, and camping out under the stars can seem like a lifetime ago.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! An adventure is any kind of exciting experience that is a bold or risky undertaking.

From traveling and exploring new places to extreme sports like scuba diving, sky diving, parachuting, rafting, mountain climbing, and more, there are an increasing number of ways to challenge yourself and ignite your adventurous spirit.

When you shift your mindset, you begin to see any new opportunity as an adventure.

These adventure quotes are a great place to start. If you’re looking for the inspiration to challenge yourself to do something new and daring, or want to adopt a more adventurous mindset, this post is for you!

Quotes About Adventure

Amelia Earhart quote "Adventure is worthwhile in itself"
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

Adventure is worthwhile.

Aesop

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.

A.A. Milne

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

Irving Wallace

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. Tolkein

I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

Eric Roth
Helen Keller quote "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing"
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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

A.A. Milne

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

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

Sue Fitzmaurice

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

People don’t take trips, trips take people.

John Steinbeck
TS Eliot adventure quote "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

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

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

Robert Frost

You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.

John Muir

I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.

Andrew Garfield

How wild it was, to let it be.

Cheryl Strayed
Anonymous adventure quote "Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view"
“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.” – Anonymous

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

The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.

Jeanne Moreau

To live would be an awfully big adventure.

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.

John Lubbock

The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.

Casey Neistat
Dr Seuss Adventure quote "You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!"
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.

Viggo Mortensen

Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

Michael Jordan

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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
C.S. Lewis adventure quote "There are far better things ahead than the ones we leave behind"
“There are far better things ahead than the ones we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

Oprah Winfrey

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

Rachel Wolchin

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

William Feather

Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.

John Amat

You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along.

Katrina Mayer
Paulo Coelho quote "The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort"
“The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.” – Paulo Coelho

A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter that the outcome, he will know he has been alive.

Walt Disney

I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.

Carew Papritz

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin

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

Marty Rubin

You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.

Karen Blixon
Ewan McGregor adventure quote "Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you"
“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” – Ewan McGregor

Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.

Karen Gibbs

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

Andre Gide

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

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

Terry Pratchett
Anthony Bourdain Adventure Quote "Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride"
“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

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

G.K. Chesterton

Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.

Roy T. Bennett

Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

J.K. Rowling
Herman Melville quote "I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing"
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” – Herman Melville

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

If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.

Drew Barrymore

Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.

Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.

Danny Kaye

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.

Reinhold Messner
Angelina Jolie quote "If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is"
“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.

Greg Child

I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman

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

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

Steve Pavlina

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin
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I urge you; go find buildings and mountains and oceans to swallow you whole. They will save you, in a way nothing else can.

Christopher Poindexter

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.

Babs Hoffman

Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.

Jaime Lyn

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

John Muir

Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.

Dag Hammarskjold
John Muir adventure quote "The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark"
“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir

Nothing lives long, only the earth and mountains.

Dee Brown

If you want to train for big mountain endeavors, spend time in big mountains.

Jimmy Chin

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

To wake in that desert dawn was like waking in the heart of an opal. … See the desert on a fine morning and die — if you can!

Gertrude Bell

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

Andy Rooney

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.

Friedrich Nietszche
Douglas Adams Adventure Quote "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be"
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams

I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.

Tenzig Norgay

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

Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty.

Victoria Erikson
John Krakauer adventure quote "I now walk into the wild"
“I now walk into the wild.” – Jon Krakauer

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.

Barry Finlay

Adventure: An undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.

Meriem Webster

The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself you will always be someone else. Become yourself.

Myles Munroe

The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far.

Paulo Coelho

Live your life by a compass, not a clock.

Stephen Covey
John Augustus Shedd quote "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John Augustus Shedd

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

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

Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.

Ursula Le Guin

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.

Lloyd Alexander

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.

George Eliot

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

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

One of the inescapable encumbrances of leading an interesting life is that there have to be moments when you almost lose it.

Jimmy Buffett

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

The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.

Aaron Lauritsen

Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.

Edward Abbey

May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.

Trenton Lee Stewart
Roy T Bennett adventure quote "Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of"
“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” – Roy T. Bennett

I travel because I’d rather look back at my life, saying ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had’.

Florine Bos

We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.

Jeremy Glass

One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.

Ella Maillart

Oh, the places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss
Drew Bundini Brown quote "When a man is a traveler, the world is his home and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home and all the people are his family"
“When a man is a traveler, the world is his home and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home and all the people are his family.” – Drew Bundini Brown

If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.

Patrick Rothfuss

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

Richard Branson

Then I realized that to be more alive, I had to be less afraid. So I did it. I lost my fear and gained my whole life.

Anonymous

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
Erol Ozan Adventure Quote "Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost"
“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan

Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.

Emily Wing Smith

So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.

Jack Kerouac

Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.

Robert Macfarlane

You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.

Jim Whittaker

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
E.M. Forster quote "Adventures do occur, but not punctually"
“Adventures do occur, but not punctually.” – E.M. Forster

Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.

Charlotte Erikson
Jawaharlal Nehru Adventure Quote "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"
“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

We hope these adventure quotes have inspired you to get out there are challenge yourself! Whether it’s an extreme sport, a new hobby, getting out to meet new people, or moving halfway across the globe… your life is as adventurous and bold as you make it.

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for keepinspiring.me. She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.