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 the challenges you set.

This list is growing every year because there are more and more adventure quotes that I discover which inspire me. Whether it was during trekking in Patagonia, trying mountaineering in Peru or running a popular Routeburn Track in New Zealand, sometimes I just needed 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!

The ultimate list of adventure quotes is divided into several sections so it’s easier to read through:

  • my favourite adventure quotes
  • nature adventure quotes
  • adventure quotes by modern adventurists
  • quotes about adventure and travel
  • short adventure quotes
  • adventure quotes for Instagram
  • bonus new adventure quote

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 favourite adventure quotes. The firsts one is the motto I live by and the second one used to be taped to the wall in my bedroom.

101 Adventure quotes for inspiration

My favourite adventure quotes

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

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My all-time favourite adventure quote! There’s no better way to expand your limits than pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. A lot of things in my life that scared me, and that’s when I started a monologue in my head analyzing what was I actually scared of. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Every situation I can think of where I pushed myself, I ended up being proud of myself. Try it! Don’t overthink it and just jump.

2. “Wake up with a plan of action, go to bed with satisfaction.
– Greg Plitt

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I found this quote in a fitness magazine and used to look at it every single day so I don’t have an excuse, not to workout. What I love about it is that it’s applicable to life in general. Once you make a plan and commit to sticking to it, you can sleep soundly knowing you’re giving your best.

3. “Do what makes you feel amazing.
– Tara Stiles

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What makes you feel amazing? And are you doing enough of it? My favourite yoga guide Tara Stiles shares her approach of doing things that make you feel alive and inspire people worldwide.

4. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
– Maya Angelou

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This couldn’t be more true! Great people never accomplished great things by following the crowd, but by doing (what many thought) crazy things. Next time you drive by a waterfall, pull over, get out of your car, and go stand right underneath the waterfall. Your body will be buzzing from the excitement, believe me. It’s just one example of a crazy thing we’ve done in the past and it felt glorious!

5. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
– Neale Donald Walsch

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Although this adventure quote might sound cliche and a bit overused, it’s one thing that all adventurous people agree on. You’ll never grow if you only do the familiar. Try jumping out of your circle and see what happens.

Nature adventure quotes

6. “Real freedom lies in wilderness, not in civilization.
– Charles Lindbergh

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7. “The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.
– Daniel J. Rice

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8. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
– William Shakespeare

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9. “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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10. “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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11. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
– Sir Edmund Hillary

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12. “A river cuts through the rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.
– Jim Watkins

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13. “All good things are wild and free.
– Henry David Thoreau

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14. “You are not in the mountains. Mountains are in you.
– John Muir

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15. “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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16. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street.
– William Blake

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17. “The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.
– Nancy Wynne Newhall

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18. “Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
– Theodore Roethke

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19. “In the wilderness is the salvation of the world.
– Henry David Thoreau

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20. “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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21. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
– Edward Abbey

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22. “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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23. “Everything you can imagine, nature has already created.
– Albert Einstein

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Adventure quotes by modern adventurists

24. “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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Yvon Chouinard is the founder of Patagonia, a climber, an environmentalist, and an all-around adventurist. Any documentary you will watch about his life is inspiring. I loved following his journey in 180 Degrees South.

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25. “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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An amazing adventure quote from my favourite adventurer Bear Grylls. His TV show Running Wild about survival skills is thrilling and makes you want to get out there. His book taught me a lot about surviving in nature and making use of everything that’s around you.

26. “People have accused me of climbing mountains to prove what a big man I am. This is not true. I go into the mountains to show myself just how small, and insignificant I am.
– Reinhold Messner

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Reinhold Messner is an Italian mountaineer. He was the first to ascend Mount Everest and the first to summit all 14 mountain peaks over 8,000 meters. His life revolves around adventure and he knows a thing or two about getting out of your comfort zone.

Quotes about adventure and travel

27. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Andre Gide

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28. “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.
– Eckhart Tolle

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29. “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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30. “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.
– Asian Proverb

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One of the best travel quotes out there! Have you seen a picture of something you’d like to see yourself in this lifetime? Penguins in the wild? Machu Picchu? Whatever it is, I highly recommend creating a vision board and starting to work towards your dream. Every small step you make each day counts towards something exciting, so why would you waste your life and not try to succeed?

31. “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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32. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.
– Jack Kerouac

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33. “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

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34. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.
– Trenton Lee Stewart

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35. “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.”
– Richard Aldington

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36. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
– John Steinbeck

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37. “A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are built for.
– John A. Shedd

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38. “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– Thomas Alva Edison

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39. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.
– Stephen Covey

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40. “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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41. “Climb mountains not so the world can see you but so you can see the world.
– David McCullough Jr.

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

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Short adventure quotes

43. “If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.
– Drew Barrymore

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44. “I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive.
– Anonymous

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45. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
– Michael Altshuler

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46. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
– Beverly Sills

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47. “The unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates

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48. “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
– Henry David Thoreau

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49. “What is coming is better than what is gone.
– Arabic Proverb

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50. “Adventure is worthwile.
– Aesop

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51. “If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.
– Bob Dylan

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52. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.
– Bob Bitchin

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53. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
– Confucius

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54. “The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.
– Conrad Anker

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55. “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.
– Sue Fitzmaurice

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56. “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
– Karen Blixen

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57. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.
– Erol Ozan

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58. “Death is more universal than life, everyone dies but not everyone lives.
– Alan Sachs

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59. “Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.
– Alexandre Dumas

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60. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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61. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
– Katharine Hepburn

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62. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
– Michael Jordan

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63. “If you’re tired starting over, stop giving up.
– Shia LaBeouf

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64. “Getting lost is not a waste of time.
– Jack Johnson

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65. “Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.
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66. “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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67. “How wild it was, to let it be.
– Cheryl Strayed

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68. “The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.”
– Paulo Coelho

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69. “Choose to do more than just exist, choose to live.”
– Steve Maraboli

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70. “May you always do what you are afraid to do.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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71. “Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure.
– Anonymous

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72. “Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”
– Marcus Purvis

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73. “Adventure is the child of courage.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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74. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.
– Jamie Lyn Beatty

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75. “The bold adventurer succeeds the best.
– Ovid

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76. “Nobody owns the world. So feel free to explore it.
– E.A.Cabaltica

77. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
– Confucius

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Adventure quotes for Instagram

78. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
– T.S Eliot

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79. “If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realise what you can become.
– Anonymous

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80. “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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81. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
– Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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85. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
– Oprah Winfrey

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86. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.
– Anonymous

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87. “Human progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking.
– Andre Geim

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88. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
– Walter Bagehot

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89. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
– Paulo Coelho

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90. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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91. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
– Michael Jordan

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

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93. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
– Leonardo da Vinci

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94. “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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95. “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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96. “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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97. “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.
– Richard Aldington

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98. “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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99. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.
– Christopher McCandless

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100. “Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life is meant to be.
– Steve Pavlina

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101. “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

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Bonus adventure quote

102. “Everything in life is possible armed only with a determined approach and a positive mindset.”
– Nirmal Purja

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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.

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