Outdoor Quotes



Here are a few quotes about traveling that we really like:Winter Birds

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

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”  Saint Augustine

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”  Lao Tzu

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”  Susan Sontag

“I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”  Caskie Stinnett

“Embrace the detours”  Kevin Charbonneau

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore…unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible…it is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors…to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.”  Ferdinand Magellan

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”  Chief Seattle

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move.”  Robert Stevenson

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”  G.K. Chesterton

“A good traveler has no plans, and is not intent on arriving.”  Lao Tzu

“Only he who has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.”  Chinese Proverb

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  Robert Frost

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  Martin Buber

“Seek out that particular mental attitude which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says “this is the real me”, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”       William James

“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

“We may walk, run, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”

The man who goes alone can start today;  but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”  Henry David Thoreau

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of the sights;  it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”  Miriam Beard

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all of your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”  Susan Heller

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”  Lin Yutang

“The traveler was active;  he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.  The tourist is passive;  he expects interesting things to happen to him.  He goes “sight seeing”.  Daniel J. Boorstin

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do- especially in other people’s minds.  When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.”  William Least Heat Moon

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.”  Ray Bradbury

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”  James MichenerLiz and Gila dog kayaking

“A journey is like a marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”  John Steinbeck

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I’ve seen.”                 Benjamin Disraeli

“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.  Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.”  Sir Richard Burton

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”  Sydney J. Harris

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”  Samuel Johnson

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”  Jawaharlal Nehru

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”  Paul Theroux

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do then by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”  Mark Twain

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Dolly Parton

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” Christopher Columbus

cataract2“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy

“Keep your face always toward sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.”  Walt Whitman

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

“Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you can not cherish his right hand and chop off his left.” Aldo Leopold

“When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.” George Carlin

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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


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