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55 of the Best Hiking Quotes: Wisdom from the Trail

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1. “Of all the paths you take in like, make sure some of them are dirt.”

– John Muir

2. “After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.”

– G.M. Trevelyan

3. “The anecdote to exhaustion isn’t rest, it’s nature.”

– Shikoba

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

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

5. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

– Lao Tzu
Man on a rock overlooking mountain range

7. “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

– John Muir

9. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

– Gary Snyder

10. “Walking is a man’s best medicine.”

– Hippocrates

11. “Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.”

– Carl Sagan

12. “You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary
Mountain range at dusk

14. “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

– Aristotle

15. “Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.”

– Carry Latet

16. “Between every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.”

– John Muir

17. “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

– Hermann Buhl

18. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”

– Robert W. Service
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20. “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

21. “You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.”

– Amit Kalantri

22. “Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.”

– Jennifer Pharr Davis

23. “There is always an adventure waiting in the woods.”

– Katelyn S. Bolds

24. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”

– John Muir
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26. “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.”

– Walt Whitman

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

– Frank LLoyd Wright

28. “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

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

– Frank Herbert

30. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

– Jack Kerouac
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32. “I only went for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

– John Muir

33. “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old – we grow old because we stop hiking.”

– Finis Mitchell

34. “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

– Nemann Buhl

35. “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

36. “You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.”

– Lito Tejada-Flores
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38. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Frank Lloyd Wright

40. “The long distance hiker, a breed set apart, from the likes of the usual pack. He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; Long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.”

– M.J. Eberhart

41. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

– Greg Child

42. “Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

– George Macauley Trevelyan
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44. “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”

– Dr. Seuss

45. “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”

– Dr. Seuss

46. “Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.”

– Carl Sagan

47. “You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing.”

– Edmund Hillary

48. “You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing.”

– Edmund Hillary
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50. “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.”

– John Muir

51. “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

– Ansel Adams

52. “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.”

– G.M. Trevelyan

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

– Mohandas Gandhi

54. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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