25 Thought-Provoking Quotes That Capture Why We Love The Great Outdoors

This article is originally from Lauren Rains. Read on.

The thing about exploring this rock we live on be it climbing to the peak of a mountain or paddling to the source of a river, is that oftentimes we don’t always realize what we’re getting out of that adventure until it is over.

Smack dab in the middle of these explorations we may hit moments where we are so exhausted we feel like we can’t go any further, or the trials and tribulations of real life creep their way into our minds, or after so many days of cycling or running or hiking through the same terrain we’re suddenly feeling everything is a bit monotonous.

That’s part of the journey though, isn’t it? It’s those moments when we’re about to break but we keep going that keeps us addicted and always wanting more when it comes to adventuring on this planet. And suddenly, it all makes sense. You’re in that moment and it’s just you, more present than ever, more focused than ever, more observant and open and “in-it” than ever.

That’s why we set off on these challenges, right? Not just to see how amazing the far and wide landscape is that surrounds us, but to see how far and wide we can stretch ourselves.

I wanted to dig a little deeper into this mentality, and so I decided to see how some of the greatest explorers have captured it in their own words.

May you find similar inspiration in these words of wisdom…

25 Thought-Provoking Quotes That Capture The Explorers Mentality

  1. “I’m drawn to the open country. It’s where everything is clear, where the world makes the most sense. When I put myself out there I always return with something new. A friend once told me the best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask.” –Jeff Johnson
  1. “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
  1. “You get to the top of a wall, there’s nothing up there. Lionel Terray, the great French climber called it ‘The conquistadors of the useless.’ Yeah, the end result is absolutely useless, but every time I travel, I learn something new and hopefully I get to be a better person.” –  Yvon Chouinard, 180 Degrees South.
  1. “Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘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
  1. “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
  1. “And then it was fine. Better than fine. It was phenomenal. I woke up on day nine to nothing but rain and was happy. It was just that simple. Had it gotten bad enough that it had to be good? Had I finally just given in to the experience?” – Majka Burhart
  1. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey
  1. “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” — Unknown
  1. “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” — G.M. Trevelyan
  1. “Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” — Cindy Ross
  1. “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” — Paul Dudley White
  1. It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” — Dave Barry
  1. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” – Anne Frank
  1. “The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” – Galileo
  1. Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
  1. “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” – Helen Keller
  1. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
  1. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” –Frank Herbert
  1. “Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” –  Pico Iyer
  1. “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

thought-provoking quotes

  1. “Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Pearson
  1. “A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.” – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  1. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
  1. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell
  1. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
    You must travel it by yourself.
    It is not far. It is within reach.
    Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
    Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
    Walt Whitman

Did we miss any? Leave some of your favorites thought-provoking quotes in the comment sections below.

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