29 Adventure Quotes (Without Mountains Calling)

29 Adventure Quotes (Without Mountains Calling)

Yes, we’ve all heard about the mountains calling and you must go. John Muir rolls in his grave each time you say it, because more than likely you are posting it to your Facebook update and then watching the likes roll in rather than posting it on Facebook and getting the heck out to the mountains.

That’s not what he had in mind.

Now, I’m not saying it’s not a great quote. I admire Mr. Muir profoundly. After all, the man is the father of the national parks system in the United States, which was the model for the rest of the world. But if a phrase is on repeat wherever you look, it loses its impact. Take the word “awesome” for example — how often do its users actually mean that the object is awe-inspiring?

So instead, let’s give John’s words a chance to recover for a bit and look at some different quotes that will ignite a spark and kick you into gear.

“We have a strategic plan. It’s called ‘Doing things.’” Herb Kelleher

“This is your life. Do what you love. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching tv.” The Holstee Manifesto

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity.” Sir Francis Bacon

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Fred Devito

“Action expresses priorities.” Ghandi

“Life is a sport. Make it count.” Nike

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West

“Above all, try something.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We don’t know if we’ll find it, but we’re going in search of happiness.” Unknown

“Stop running your mouth, get out of the house.” Butch Walker and the Black Widows 

“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”  Thomas Edison

“You owe yourself the chance to see what you can do.” Unknown

“No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.” Unknown

“When you wake up in the morning, just remember how fortunate you are to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy…and of course to run.” Unknown

“It’s time to start living the life you imagined.” Henry James

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb

“Wake up and live!” Bob Marley

“I’m not gonna be left behind. Today. Right now. Do what you love. Just drop in.” Jeremy McGee, (paraplegic skier – no excuses!)

“It’s better to look back on life and say, ‘I can’t believe I did that,’ than to look back and say, ‘I wish I did that.’” Unknown

“If not now, when?” Hillel the Elder

“She believed she could, so she did.” R.S. Grey

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” Sylvia Path

“Ultimately, I climb for the satisfaction of doing something my mind once told me was impossible.” Brenna Fischer

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most important pieces of myself are scattered amongst the mountains, trees, rocks and water; I’m just trying to find them.” Lauren Alysa

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” Unknown

“The time will pass anyway. You can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours.” Unknown

“Go conquer.” Gina Bégin (me)

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Gina Begin

Although she’s a Florida girl, exploration called her away after the final bell of her high school career. Over the years, she has been consumed with skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and getting lost on back roads. When she's not playing the part of a photojournalist, Gina can be found collaborating with women worldwide through her nonprofit, Outdoor Women's Alliance, and working to improve her outdoor skills and wilderness safety certifications.