Dreaming of fresh air and outdoor adventures? Then you’re in the right place, as I’ve curated a bumper list of 66 of the best outdoor quotes that are perfect for nature lovers and adventurers. These quotes about the outdoors have been collected from famous writers, politicians, scientists, explorers and even artists, so you can be sure to find the perfect outdoors quote for you.

Adventurous Quotes for Outdoors Enthusiasts

These outdoor quotes are all about inspiring you to explore the unknown, and embracing the wilderness of the great outdoors.

1. “The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.” – Nancy Newhall

2. “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. “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

4. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

5. “Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.” – Charles Lindbergh

6. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

7. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

8. “Not all who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

9. “Live the life you’ve dreamed.” – Henry David Thoreau

10. “No matter the risks we take, we always consider the end to be too soon, even though in life, more than anything else, quality should be more important than quantity.” – Alex Honnold

11. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Alexander Supertramp McCandless

Short Quotes About Nature

12. “The Earth has music for those who listen.” William Shakespeare

13. “The antidote to exhaustion isn’t rest. It’s nature.” – Shikoba 

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

15. “Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me.” – Unknown

16. “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” – John Keats

17. “All good things are wild and free.” – Unknown

18. “Colors are the smiles of nature.” – Leigh Hunt

19. “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” J. R. R. Tolkien

20. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

21. “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

22. “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivational Outdoors Quotes

These motivational outdoor quotes are designed to spark your enthusiasm for adventure and to spur you on when the going gets tough.

23. “Anywhere is within walking distance.” Unknown

24. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

25. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

26. “A bad day camping is still better than a good day working.” – Unknown

27. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

28. “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Longfellow

29. “Hiking is not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty.” – Sonja Yoerg

30. “You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well.” – Terri Guillemets

31. “If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.” – Unknown

32. “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchell

33. “Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the distance they planned to go in twice the time it should take.” – Unknown

Quotes on Outdoors and Nature

The feeling of freedom and fresh air can’t be topped, so these nature outdoor quotes draw on the emotions of excitement, wonder, and awe that nature often evokes.

34. “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

35. “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

36. “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” –John Burroughs

37. “Come forth into the light things, let nature be your teacher.” –William Wordsworth

38. “Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.” – Carl Sagan

39. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

40. “There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” –Linda Hogan

41. “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” –John Lubbock

42. “I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” –Frank Lloyd Wright

43. “My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.” – Claude Monet

44. “The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” – Lady Bird Johnson

Inspiring Hiking and Outdoorsy Quotes

From walking in the Peak District to volcano trekking in Guatemala and hiking through South America, there are so many beautiful trails around the world that are both challenging and therapeutic at the same time. The following outdoor quotes are designed to inspire your next hiking adventure.

45. “Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

46. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

47. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

48. “Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” – Carrie Latet

49. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-Tzu

50. “Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.” – Diane Spicer

51. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

52. “After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” – G.M. Trevelyan

53. “Hiking in undiscovered places is a lot of fun.” – Karolina Kurkova

54. “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

55. “Days of slow walking are very long: they make you live longer, because you have allowed every hour, every minute, every second to breathe, to deepen, instead of filling them up by straining the joints.” – Frederic Gros

Exploration Quotes About Being Outdoors in Nature

Love exploring new places and getting off the beaten track? These outdoor quotes are all about finding your own path and appreciating the nature around you.

56. “As human beings, we have an innate need to explore, to see what’s around the corner.” – Jimmy Chin

57. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

58. “Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman

59. “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” – Raymond Inmon

60. “In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

61. “We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” –William Hazlett

62. “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. Wash your spirit clean.” –John Muir

63. “The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” – Unknown

64. “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau

65. “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

66. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” – Anne Frank

That’s 66 Motivating Quotes about the Outdoors

I hope you’ve managed to find the perfect outdoors quote, I’d love to know which one is your favourite, and if I’ve missed any great quotes about the outdoors then please let me know in the comments below.

As an added bonus I’ve included a FREE downloadable PDF of all these outdoor quotes so you can keep them handy.

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