50 Quotes to Inspire Adventure Travel

Active/Outdoors — By Josh Steinitz on February 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

Need a little inspiration for your next adventure? From authors to musicians, politicians to athletes, these guys say it best…

  1. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” -G. K. Chesterton
  2. “Fortune and love befriend the bold.” -Ovid
  3. “If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.” -Voltaire
  4. “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” -David Grayson
  5. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” -Glenn Clark
  6. “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” -Anon.
  7. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller
  8. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T. S. Eliot
  9. “Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  10. “Security is a kind of death.” -Tennessee Williams
  11. “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” -Eden Phillpotts
  12. “There are two kinds of adventurers; those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won’t.” -Rabindranath Tagore
  13. “Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” -Vaclav Havel
  14. “Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.” -Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
  15. “Out of 10,000 feet of fall, always remember that the last half inch hurts the most.” -Captain Charles W. Purcell
  16. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” -Thomas Edison
  17. “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
  18. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” -John G. Shedd
  19. “Life is NOT a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — ‘WOW, what a ride!!!” -Anonymous
  20. “Adventure is hardship aesthetically considered.” -Barry Targan
  21. “Get out of control, but appear under control. It’s not bad to alarm other people, though it’s good for them.” -Hunter S. Thompson
  22. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” -John Wayne
  23. “Without adventure civilization is in full decay.” -Alfred North Whitehead
  24. “It’s when you’re safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you’re having an adventure you wish your were safe at home.” -Thornton Wilder
  25. “For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.” -Jean-Paul Sartre
  26. “Whether we call it sacrifice, or poetry, or adventure, it is always the same voice that calls.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  27. “If at first you don’t succeed so much for skydiving.” -Henry Youngman
  28. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Robert F. Kennedy
  29. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” -Yogi Berra
  30. “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.” -Pearl S. Buck
  31. “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.” -George Leigh Mallory
  32. “One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened.” -Zen Master Futomaki
  33. “Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.” -Reinhold Messner
  34. “Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.” -John Muir
  35. “The 3 rules of mountaineering: It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.”- Anonymous
  36. “In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.” -Rusty Baillie
  37. “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” -Hermann Buhl
  38. “What is hard to endure is sweet to remember.”
  39. “Pain is only weakness leaving the body.” -Tom Muccia
  40. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” -Dr. Seuss
  41. “If in normal conditions it is skill, which counts, in such extreme situations, it is the spirit, which saves.” -Walter Bonatti
  42. “Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” -Robert Service
  43. “He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  44. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” -Nelson Mandela
  45. “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” -Aldous Huxley
  46. “Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” -Kurt Vonnegut
  47. “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” -Oscar Wilde
  48. “When you get to the summit of the mountain, keep climbing.” -Tibetan saying
  49. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” -Lao Tzu
  50. 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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

Have another adventure quote to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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  • jasper says:

    from a recent review in The Guardian: An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson

    …even when he is contemplating “the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places” – “I am happier where it is tame and fertile, and not readily pleased without trees,” he says, but “wherever a man is, he will find something to please and pacify him … Let him only look for it in the right spirit, and he will surely find.”

  • Paola says:

    “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” -Aldous Huxley
    Love this. There is nothing more majestic and wonderful to me than the mountains in all their glory. From the hills above Beirut overlooking the Mediterranean, the mountains of Crete, jasper, banff, etc. I’d rather live comfortable near the mountains than rich in the valleys.

  • -=jess says:

    “I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.” -Vincent van Gogh

  • Lisa Gonzalez says:

    Nice quotes by different authors for adventure travel. These quotes always inspires the people do to different.

  • Abi from Inside the Travel Lab says:

    I love number 30 – let’s all stay young at heart!

  • Steve says:

    This is really cool. The people quoted here are all diverse. All their quotes are great though. Plus, I didn’t realized that the person who said, “you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do” was Mark Twain.

  • Büyü says:

    This is really cool. The people quoted here are all diverse. All their quotes are great though. Plus, I didn’t realized that the person who said, “you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do” was Mark Twain.

  • Val Gibson says:

    Not sure who wrote it but..

    “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”


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