30 Adventure Quotes That Will Inspire You to Get Up and Go

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Deborah Sweeney
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April 13, 2024 at 12:36AM UTC

“Adventure is out there!”

This is one of the first lines of dialogue in the Pixar film Up and certainly something that has stuck with me over the years. No matter who we are or where we come from, adventure is all around us. The only problem is that sometimes it’s too easy to stick to a routine and go through the daily motions of life without any surprises or unexpected plans.

If you feel like it’s time to mix it up and make a change, tap into your adventurous side with the help of these quotes from famous quest-takers:

1. “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before dark.” — John Muir

2. “Move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. Open your mind, get off the couch, move.” — Anthony Bourdain

3. “As you age, live life to the fullest. Travel to exotic places, eat good food, walk in the park, read lots of books, and under no circumstances eat egg white omelets.” — Nora Ephron

4. “People don’t take trips, trips take people. — John Steinbeck

5. “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” — Dalai Lama

6. “There’s a great big hunk of world down there with no fence around it.” — Disney’s Lady and the Tramp

7. “Jump high and hard, with intention and heart.” — Cheryl Strayed

8. “Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” — Maya Angelou

9. “I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” — Diane Ackerman

10. “I am happy out here. Messy hair, dirty feet and wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things; this is where I belong.” — Brooke Hampton

11. “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

12. “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

13. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John Shedd

14. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” — David Bowie

15. “It’s worse to spend your life on the outside looking in, wondering what if, than it is to try and dare greatly and risk the chance of failure. Dare greatly, get in the arena and try.” — Brené Brown

16. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” — Jack Kerouac

17. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden

18. “Only those who dare truly live!” — Ruth P. Freedman

19. “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." — Mae Jemison

20. “It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.” — Oprah Winfrey

21. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

22. "You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness." — Diane Von Furstenberg

23. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” — Amelia Earhart

24. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” — Saint Augustine

25. “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

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

27. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

28. “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” — Shanti

29. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” — John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society

30. “Good luck exploring the infinite abyss.” — Andrew Largeman, Garden State

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