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I love a great quote! They provide inspiration for the next adventure, or to express succinctly our feelings about things. They can make us think more deeply and come to a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Most of all, they can remind and encourage us to go out there and live our life!
Staying (mostly) away from the more overused and cliché quotes, here are a few of the very best:
1. Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
-Sir Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
2. I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side
- Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
3. They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things - I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life's ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There's so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.
- Lisa Ann Sandell, A Map of the Known World
4. When things are as bad as ever they can be you cease to mind them much. You set your teeth and battle with the fates.
5. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain
6. Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else - above all, a travel bureau - arrange everything before-hand?
- Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero
7. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
- Susan Sontag
8. I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone. 'I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!
- JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit
9. 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
10. Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself.
- Edmund Hillary
11. To me, adventure has always been to me the connections and bounds you create with people when you're there. And you can have that anywhere.
- Bear Grylls
12. 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
13. Travel does not exist without home....If we never return to the place we started, we would just be wandering, lost. Home is a reflecting surface, a place to measure our growth and enrich us after being infused with the outside world.
- Josh Gates, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter
14. 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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
15. Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.
- Charlotte Eriksson
I hope you enjoyed these! Do you have any favourite quotes? Share them in the comments below.
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