Everybody needs a pick-me-up every once in a while. That’s why I put together a list of best adventure quotes that will inspire you to take action, fulfill your dreams and accomplish challenges you set.

This list is growing every year because there are more and more adventure quotes that I discover and they inspire me. Whether it was during trekking in Patagonia, trying mountaineering in Peru or running a popular Routeburn Track in New Zealand, sometimes you just need a little push. I truly live adventurously because I think that’s the most fun and by expanding my limits my confidence and stamina grow as well.

Find your favourite adventure quote below. The one that resonates with you the most. Make it a background on your phone, print it and carry it in your wallet or tape it next to your nightstand. But most importantly, live by it!

I shared them on our Instagram stories as a part of #motivationmonday and to my pleasant surprise, they were very popular.

Let’s start with my 2 favourite quotes. The firsts one is the motto I live by and the second one used to be taped to the wall in my bedroom.

77 adventure quotes that will inspire you to take action

  1. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”- Seth Godin

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  1. “Wake up with a plan of action, go to bed with satisfaction.”- Greg Plitt

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  1. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”- Jack Kerouac

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  1. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”- Andre Gide

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  1. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”- Maya Angelou

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  1. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”- Michael Jordan

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

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

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  1. “If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realise what you can become.”- Anonymous

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  1. “Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!”- Friedrich Nietzsche

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  1. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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  1. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”- Katharine Hepburn

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  1. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”- Lao Tzu

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  1. “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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain

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  1. “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.”- Eckhart Tolle

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  1. “If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.”- Drew Barrymore

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  1. “Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.”- Roy T. Bennett

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  1. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.”- Anonymous

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  1. “Do what makes you feel amazing.”- Tara Stiles

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

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  1. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”- Michael Phelps

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  1. “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”- Asian Proverb

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  1. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”- Oprah Winfrey

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  1. “Human progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking.”- Andre Geim

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  1. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”- Walter Bagehot

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  1. “If you’re tired starting over, stop giving up.”- Shia LaBeouf

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  1. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”- Sir Edmund Hillary

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  1. “Getting lost is not a waste of time.”- Jack Johnson

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  1. “Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.”- Sanyam Handaadventure quotes - Travel with the Smile (30)
  2. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”- Paulo Coelho

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  1. “A river cuts through the rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”- Jim Watkins

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  1. “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  1. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”- Rachel Wolchin

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  1. “I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive.”- Anonymous

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  1. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”- Michael Altshuler

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  1. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”- Beverly Sills

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  1. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

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  1. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”- Michael Jordan

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  1. “Real freedom lies in wilderness, not in civilization.”- Charles Lindbergh

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  1. “The unexamined life is not worth living.”- Socrates

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  1. “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”- Henry David Thoreau

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  1. “What is coming is better than what is gone.”- Arabic Proverb

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  1. “Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.”- Anonymous

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  1. “Adventure is worthwile.”- Aesop

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  1. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”- Neale Donald Walsch

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  1. “If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.”- Bob Dylan

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  1. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”- Bob Bitchin

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  1. “Climb mountains not so the world can see you but so you can see the world.”- David McCullough Jr.

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  1. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”- Confucius

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  1. The word adventure has gotten overused. To me, adventure is when everything goes wrong. That’s when adventure starts.”

– Yvon Chouinard

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  1. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

– Daniel J. Rice

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  1. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

– William Shakespeare

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  1. “The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.”

– Conrad Anker

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

– Mark Jenkins

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  1. “Live your life by a compass not a clock.”

– Stephen Covey

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  1. “Always there has been an adventure just around the corner, and the world is still full of corners.”

– Roy Chapman Andrews

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  1. “Death is more universal than life, everyone dies but not everyone lives.”

– Alan Sachs

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  1. “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.”

– Irving Wallace

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  1. “Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

– Walt Whitman

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  1. “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.”

– Mandy Hale

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

– Edward Abbey

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  1. “If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.”

– Eido Tai Shimano Roshi

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  1. “Everything you can imagine, nature has already created.”

– Albert Einstein

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  1. “Nobody owns the world. So feel free to explore it.”

– E.A.Cabaltica

  1. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

– Confucius

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

– Richard Aldington

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  1. “Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.”

– Kahli Gibran

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  1. “Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”

– Alexandre Dumas

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  1. “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

– Thomas Alva Edison

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  1. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

– Rosalia de Castro

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  1. “In the wilderness is the salvation of the world.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Sue Fitzmaurice

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  1. “The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”

– Nancy Wynne Newhall

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  1. “Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”

– Theodore Roethke

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  1. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”

– Christopher McCandless

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About Maya Steiningerova

Heyo, I’m Maya! An adventure athlete currently living near the Canadian Rockies with my partner in crime Michal. I love running in the mountains, jumping in the ice cold lakes, mountain biking and trying not so common activities, such as mountaineering. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, my hope is to inspire you to live an adventurous life and provide you with tips and tools for your own adventure.