Inspiration & Humour

The 20 Best Adventure Quotes of All Time

December 13, 2014

Writ­ten by James Fedosov

Some­times we all just need a lit­tle moti­va­tion to get us off the couch and out­side, explor­ing and adven­tur­ing in this great world of ours. To that end, we’ve pre­pared this list of our favourite adven­ture quotes and say­ings of all time.


  • “Twen­ty years from now you will be more dis­ap­point­ed by the things you did­n’t do than 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
  • “There is no such thing as bad weath­er, only innapro­pri­ate cloth­ing.” ‑Sir Ran­nulph Fiennes
  • “Half the fun of trav­el is the esthet­ic of lost­ness.” ‑Ray Bradbury
  • “A jour­ney is a per­son in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safe­guards, polic­ing, and coer­cion are fruit­less. We find after years of strug­gle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” ‑John Steinbeck
  • “The biggest adven­ture you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ‑Oprah Winfrey 
  • “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.” ‑Wil­ferd Peterson
  • “Too often… I would hear men boast of the miles cov­ered that day, rarely of what they have seen.” ‑Louis L’Armour
  • “Adven­ture is not hang­ing on a rope off the side of a moun­tain. Adven­ture is an atti­tude that we must apply to the day to day obsta­cles of life.” ‑John Amatt
  • “Pecu­liar trav­el sug­ges­tions are danc­ing lessons from God.” ‑Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Wan­der­ing re-estab­lish­es the orig­i­nal har­mo­ny which once exist­ed between man and the uni­verse.” ‑Ana­tole France
  • “It is in the com­pelling zest of high adven­ture… and of cre­ative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” ‑Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • “Do not fol­low where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ‑Ralph Wal­do Emerson
  • “One’s des­ti­na­tion is nev­er a place, but a new way of see­ing things.” ‑Hen­ry Miller
  • “A ship in a har­bour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” ‑John A. Shedd
  • “You have exact­ly one life in which to do every­thing you’ll ever do. Act accord­ing­ly.” ‑Col­in Wright
  • “If you think adven­ture is dan­ger­ous, try rou­tine; it is lethal.” ‑Paulo Coelho
  • “Cer­tain­ly, 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