Adventure and Travel Quotes

Adventure is worthwhile.”
- Aristotle
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
- Mark Twain
Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
- Rumi
What is adventure? If a lone wolf lifts his plaintive call into the moonlight near your campsite, you might call that adventure. While you’re sweating like a horse on a climb over a 12,000 foot pass, that could be adventure. When howling head winds press your lips against your teeth, you face a mighty struggle. When your pack grows heavy on your shoulders as your climb a 14,000 foot peak, you feel the adventure. When you suffer freezing temperatures and 20 inches of fresh powder on a hut to hut trip in the Rockies, that could be called adventure. But that’s not what makes an adventure. It’s your willingness to conquer it, and to present yourself at the doorstep of nature. That creates the experience. No more greater joy can come from life than to live inside a moment of adventure. It is the uncommon wilderness experience that gives your life expectation.”
- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
- Andre Gide
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.”
- Peter Hoeg
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
- Susan Sontag
Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
- John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 1898
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
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt"
The summer no sweeter than ever,
The sunshiny woods all a thrill;
The grayling asleep in the river,
The big horn sheep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness,
The wilds where the caribou call;
The fresh, the freedom, the farness—
Oh God! How I’m stuck on it all.”
- Robert Service, Spell of the Yukon, 1890
Always do what you are afraid to do.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The bold adventurer succeeds the best.”
- Ovid
Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
- Amelia Earhart
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”
- Tom Robbins
We need the tonic of the wilderness, to wade sometimes in the marsh where the bitten and the meadow hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.”
- Henry David Thoreau
To travel is to live.”
- Hans Christian Andersen
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning , no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity.”
- John Muir, 1838, Yosemite, California
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.”
- Lillian Smith
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
- Henry Miller
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
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
- Lao Tzu
People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The journey itself is my home.”
- Bashō
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
- Oscar Wilde
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive 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!'”
- Hunter S. Thompson
Your legs feel like fried bacon after a day of climbing and descending. It’s a roller coaster ride, but no one is pulling you up the mountain. You’re headed toward Yosemite more than 4,000 feet of pounding the pedals. You are aware of every movement because your thighs feel tender with a sensation of pain. You push on, toward the final ascent into the valley. In front of you is a monster mountain—El Capitan. Your eyes grow wide. You take a deep breath. Suddenly, you feel only wonder.”
- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, Summer, 2010
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
- St. Augustine
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
- John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic (1928)
How many hearts with warm, red blood in them are beating under cover of the woods, and how many teeth and eyes are shining? A multitude of animal people, intimately related to us, but of whose lives we know almost nothing, are as busy about their own affairs as we are about ours.”
- John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 1898
No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
- Helen Keller
Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”
- Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings
Time means nothing now. It slips away as easily as grains of sand on a wind-swept beach. But those grains only trade places. On my bike, I change the same way—new locations in the passage of time. The pedaling is incidental—like breathing. The hills and mountains come and go—my legs powering over them in a kind of winsome trance. Grappling with headwinds only brings determination; while riding a tail wind brings ecstasy. There is a transformation into a state of bliss, much like a seagull gliding on the updrafts. I see them standing on beaches or soaring over the waves. Just flying. Just living. Just being. Me too.”
- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, cycling down the West Coast of Australia
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.”
- Wildred Peterson
Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.”
- Jason Mraz
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.”
- Andre Gide
He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.”
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Definition of 'adventure': extreme circumstances recalled in tranquility.”
- Jules the Kiwi
Not all those who wander are lost.”
- JRR Tolkien
Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
- Miriam Beard
By now, a million pedal strokes have etched the muscles in my legs with a single purpose: to power the crank and move the bicycle forward. Food flows into my body, bringing it power and strength. It is no longer a question of struggle. Now the journey evolves into the spiritual realm—where the pedaling becomes instinctive. It’s a free-flow of energy that comes through my body and willingly expresses itself in the flight of the pedals.”
- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, six continent bicyclist, El Camino Highway at 15,500 feet in Bolivia
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
- Confucius
The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
- Oprah Winfrey
You’ve been so long in the rain, you feel like a dirty dish rag. But despite the misery of your water soaked body, you look around to see verdant leaves dripping with water. The air entering your lungs smells vibrantly clean. To experience adventure, you must be willing to be uncomfortable at times and enjoy the loneliness by being happy with your own singing. A song pops out of your mouth… "It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was fine…”
- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, camped out in Hyder, Alaska near a grizzly bear’s den
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.”
- Charles Dudley
We will not cease from our exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
- T.S. Elliot
Tell me what you will of the benefactions of city civilization, of the sweet security of streets—all as part of the natural upgrowth of man towards the high destiny we hear so much of. I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. If the death exhalations that brood the broad towns in which we so fondly compact ourselves were made visible, we should flee as from a plague. All are more or less sick; there is not a perfectly sane man in San Francisco.”
- John Muir, 1874, California wine country
Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.”
- Pico Iyer
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
- Lao Tzu
There are many paths through the Ring of Life. They are a constant movement toward self-fulfillment through growth of your mind, expansion of your experiences, widening of your senses and growing your spirit. It’s ceaseless and constant throughout one’s life.”
- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado