61 Adventure Quotes to Fire Your Imagination and Fuel Your Wanderlust

61 cool and quirky adventure quotes: because even the most fearless go-getters among us sometimes need that bit of extra motivation to help us tackle the day.

Life is an adventure… it’s not like we’ve heard that one before right?

But the thing is – it’s true. Perhaps never more so than when you’re in the midst of some hair-brained experience that makes your knuckles go white and your mouth dry.

Even the smallest things can be an adventure – making that decision to go on the date, bunking off work in favour of a day out with a friend, a ramble along a local path… one of the great joys about our lives is that they are exactly what we make of them.

Need a little bit of inspiration? Here are 61 adventure quotes from the finest literary pens (and some other familiar names) to help you along the way.

PS, you might also want to check out my Travel Quotes piece too – 151 quotations to pep you up and get you on the road.

The Best Adventure Quotes (1-20)

These are my absolute favourite adventure quotes. We all have our go-tos right?

These adventure quotes are the the ones I always look at when I’m trying to talk myself into booking that trip, quitting my job (handing in my notice and quitting as a lawyer in the City still counts as one of the scariest things I’ve ever done – and one of the best decisions, though, I’ll be honest I cried at the time from sheer terror) or just having one of those days where all I want to do is hide under the covers and reach out for the cookie dough. I hope you find a glimmer of inspiration in them too.

“Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.” Bear Grylls

Adventure Should be 80 percent - Bear Grylls

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure” Bob Bitchin

Attitude is the Difference Between an Ordeal and an Adventure - Bob Bitchin

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”  Lewis Carroll.

Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures. Lewis Carroll

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.”  Trenton Lee Stewart

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home - Trenton Lee Stewart

“Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them.” – Unknown

“Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them.”

“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

A Man Practices the Art of Adventure

“Oh the places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

“Oh the places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

“We’re not home-and-hearth people. We’re the adventurers, the buccaneers, the blockade runners. Without challenge, we’re only alive.” Alexander Eliot

“We’re not home-and-hearth people. We’re the adventurers, the buccaneers, the blockade runners - Alexander Eliot

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” John Amatt

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life.” John Amatt

“My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.” Brian Blessed

the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure - Brian Blessed

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”  Jack Kerouac.

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” Jack Kerouac

“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

That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. Pico Iyer

“When a young person is moved by a passion and feels compelled to go on this sort of quest, I think you have to let him. You can’t stop him. In our culture we don’t have formal rights of passage like in some ancient cultures. Subjecting yourself to risk… may be something you have to go through to be a man or a woman.” Jon Krakauer

“When a young person is moved by a passion and feels compelled to go on this sort of quest, I think you have to let him. You can't stop him. jon Krakauer

“Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.” Angelina Jolie

“Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.” Angelina Jolie

“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”  Ewan Mcgregor.

“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”

“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” Eric Roth

I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of.

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” Mercedes Lackey

“Adventure, yeah. I guess that’s what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” mercedes Lackey

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” Seth Godin

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” Seth Godin

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” T.E. Lawrence

“All men dream, but not equally. TE Lawrence

Life as an Adventure Quotes (20-40)

Who said that life was an adventure? Well, they certainly got that one right – I’ve got the life adventure quotes to prove it.

We can’t always make the right decisions but sometimes you have to take the risk and go for it anyway.

Pretty much everyone will tell you that you’re wasting your time (like when I applied to study English at Oxford despite going to a crap school – guess what, I got that damned degree), or that it’s never going to work. But you know – it’s always fun when you prove them wrong, and you always learn something from the things that go haywire anyway.

Read more: 23 Journey Quotes about Life on the Road that are Bittersweet and True AF.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey Quote

“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” Roy T Bennett

There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure. Roy T Bennett

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

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

“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventure should be top priority.” Sir Richard Branson

“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventure should be top priority.” Sir Richard Branson

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”  Robin S Sharma

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”

“The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure.’’ Joseph Campbell

“The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure.’’ Joseph Campbell

“Always there has been an adventure just around the corner–and the world is still full of corners.”  Roy Chapman Andrews

“Always there has been an adventure just around the corner–and the world is still full of corners.” Roy Chapman Andrews

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” Irving Wallace

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” Irving Wallace

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” G. K. Chesterton

GK Chesterton Adventure Quote “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

“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

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

“What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.” Juliette Binoche

“What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.” Juliette Binoche

“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

Eleanor Roosevelt adventure quote

“Love, like everything else in life, should be a discovery, an adventure, and like most adventures, you don’t know you’re having one until you’re right in the middle of it.” E.A. Bucchianeri

EA Bucchineri Adventure Quote

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” J.K. Rowling

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” JK Rowling

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.” Christopher McCandless

“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.” Christopher McCandless

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice

”You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”

“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” Steve Pavlina

“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” Steve Pavlina

“I do not have the slightest clue what I am doing…that’s the adventure…I stopped worrying about it…that’s the beauty.” Jason King

“I do not have the slightest clue what I am doing…that’s the adventure…I stopped worrying about it…that’s the beauty.” Jason King

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” George Eliot

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” George Eliot

More Adventure Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust (40+)

That’s 40 adventure quotes and we’re still going strong. Here are 20 more – and if you’re not inspired after this, well, you’re kind of dead inside and there’s nothing more for me to do with you anyway*.

*I’m Joking. Kind of.

“When you go to the mountains, you see them and admire them. In a sense, they give you challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.” Sir Edmund Hillary

“When you go to the mountains, you see them and admire them. In a sense, they give you challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.” Edmund Hillary

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” A.A Milne

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” AA Milne

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

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

“All great adventures have moments that are really crap.” Ellen Potter

“All great adventures have moments that are really crap.”

“The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.” Victor Hugo

“The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.” Victor hugo

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.” Mark Jenkins

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.”

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” Jack Kerouac

“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. Jack Kerouac

“Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure.” Edward Abbey

“Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure.” Edward Abbey

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” Unknown

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.”  Lovelle Drachman

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” Lovelle Drachman

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Some are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear” Unknown

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Some are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear”

“Life is for deep kisses, strange adventures, midnight swims and rambling conversations.” Unknown

“Life is for deep kisses, strange adventures, midnight swims and rambling conversations.”

“The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask.” Jeff Johnson

“The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn't even think to ask.”

“Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” Mark Twain

“Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” Mark Twain

“I just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.” Kid Cudi

“I just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.” Kid cudi

“The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.” J.R.R. Tolkien

“The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.”

“Better an oops than a what if.” Beau Taplin

“Better an oops than a what if.” Beau Taplin

“I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.”  Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary “I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.”

“The world is a dangerous place, and if you sit around wringing your hands about it, you’ll miss out on all the adventure.” Jeannette Walls

The world is a dangerous place, and if you sit around wringing your hands about it, you'll miss out on all the adventure.” Jeanette Wells

“Make everything an adventure. Otherwise, it will suck.” Nita Morgan

“Make everything an adventure. Otherwise, it will suck.” Nita Morgan

There we are. The best adventure quotes – I hope that you are ready to tackle the world (or at least the afternoon ahead you naughty desk slacker). Or, if you still have time to fill before lunch, you should check these out.

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