These are my favorite adventure quotes to inspire you to explore the unknown. Boost your adrenaline with these motivational musings from famous risk-takers.
Are you hunched over the couch, covered in cookie crumbs, battling friends in Fortnite, and daydreaming about the endless REAL adventures around the world just waiting to be experienced?
Sometimes we just need a little extra travel inspiration to get us moving in that direction, and that’s where these quotes about adventure can help.
After exploring the world for the past 9 years, I constantly receive messages from people who dream about injecting more adventure into their lives, but are unsure where to begin.
So here are my favorite adventure quotes to help you jump off that dirty, depressing couch this year and plan an incredible journey for 2020!
Best Adventure Quotes
1: “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin
2: “Because in the end, you won’t remember the times you spent in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
3: “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart
4: “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
5: “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan
6: “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
7: “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
8: “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
9: “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong” – Sue Fitzmaurice
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10: “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
11: “Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey
12: “I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.” – Carew Papritz
13: “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock
14: “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
15: “If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.” – Richard Branson
16: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.” – Freya Stark
17: “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
18: “One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.” – Ella Maillart
19: “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
20: “The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.” – Paulo Coelho
21: “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
22: “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
23: “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Anonymous
24: “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
25: “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir
26: “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
27: “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
28: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S Eliot
29: “I love the places that make you realize how small you and your problems are.” – Anonymous
30: “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
31: “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” — Bob Bitchin
32: “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
33: “It’s time to remember what it’s like to feel alive.” – Anonymous
34: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
35: “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” – Anonymous
36: “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
37: “Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” ― Roy T. Bennett
38: “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
39: “Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” – Ewan Mcgregor
40: “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
41: “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” – Karen Blixen
42: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
43: “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin
44: “Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” – Steve Pavlina
45: “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
46: “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman
47: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams
48: “I feel the need to endanger myself every so often.” ― Tim Daly
49: “Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.” – Pico Iyer
50: “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn
51: “A life lived in fear is a life half lived.” – Spanish Proverb
Final Thoughts On Adventure
The truth is, it’s not about WHERE you begin your adventure, it’s simply taking that first step to kick-off a chain reaction. Even if that step is scary.
One small step turns into one giant leap… and all that jazz (thanks Neil!).
So get out there, and inject some more adventure into your life!
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