73 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 73 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 

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 - Bear Grylls

“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

Attitude is the Difference

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

actually the best gift

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

May your adventures bring you

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

Adventures Don't Come Calling

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

Practices the Art of Adventure

“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

Oh the Places

“Oh the places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

Home and Hearth People

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

adventure isnt hanging

“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

Greatest Danger

“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

live travel adventure

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

The Best Trips

“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

when a young person

“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

“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

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

I hope you live a life

“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

when a young person

“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

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

if it scares you

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

the dreamers of the day

“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

Life is an Adventure Quotes 

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

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

what we get

“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. It’s the fun of seeing new things, of learning new names and faces, of exploring strange places, and above all, the delight of being alive.” – Freya Stark

you need to decide who you are

“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

only those who risk going too far

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

If happiness is the goal

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

as you move outside of your

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

the only question in life

“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

“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

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

i went to the woods

“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

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

what I love most about this crazy life

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

the purpose of life

“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

love like everything else

“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

we go out into the world

“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: We go out into the world to adventure because life in itself is not sufficiently interesting.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

let us step into the night

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


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

you must go on adventures to find

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

dont die without embracing

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

I do not have the slightest clue

“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

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

Quotes About Adventure to Fuel Your Wanderlust 

That’s so many adventure quotes and we’re still going strong. Here are 25 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

“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

adventure is just bad planning

” adventure is just bad planning.” – Roald Amundsen

it is not the mountain

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

when you see someone

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

at the end of the day

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

all great adventures

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

the mountains the forest

“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

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

we lean forward

“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

save the other half

“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

“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 is meant for

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

blessed are the

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

not all girls

“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

life is for deep kisses

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

the best journeys

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

sail away from the safe

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

if your mind can conceive

“If your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it, you can achieve it.” – Unknown

i just wanna go on more adventures

“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

“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

better a whoops

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

i have discovered

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


“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

make everything an adventure

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

all our dreams can come true

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

people who dont take risks

“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” – Peter Drucker

if you want something

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Unknown

what lies behind us

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Henry Stanley Haskins 

adventure is worthwhile

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

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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