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45 Awesome Outdoor Quotes for Some Inspiration and Motivation

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There is something about reading a quote that you resonate with that can have a lasting effect on you. It may inspire you, make you laugh, get you choked up, motivate you, or make you crack a smile on a shitty day.

Even though they are just words, they can have a positive and motivating effect on who you are and where you go.

This is a collection of 45 of the best hiking quotes about the outdoors, that are inspiring, humorous, and inspirational.

Classic, funny, inspirational, and silly outdoor quotes from all walks of life.

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.

John Muir

I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.

Walt Whitman

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it.

Andy Rooney

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 cam to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

In all things of nature there is something marvelous.


In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

The earth has music for those who listen.

William Shakespeare

Time isn't money, it's life's greatest gift.

Brandon Cole

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

I took the road less traveled by, that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home, that wildness is a necessity.

John Muir

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

Jimmy Carter

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like being near the top of a mountain. One can't get lost there.

Wislawa Syzmborska

Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.

Earl Shaffer

When preparing to climb a mountain - pack a light heart.

Dan May

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of special soul as well.

Terri Guillemets

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.

Sir Martin Convay

Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

Wislawa Syzmborska

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

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

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.

Henry David Thoreautman

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

Mohandas Gandhi

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.

Charles Dickens

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.

Hal Borland

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest of wilderness.

John Muir

Live in the air, swim in the sea, drink in the wild air.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.

John Kay

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life sure is easy on a raft, ain't it Huck?

Mark Twain

A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us.

John Steinbeck

Fall down seven times and stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.

Frank Herbert

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.

Walt Whitman

We don't stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.

Finis Mitchell

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.


Choose only one master – Nature.


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