150+ Quotes About Exploring

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The world is full of wonders, and they’re just waiting for us to step out and explore them.

Are you on the fence about diving into an adventure or venturing into the unknown?

If so, this collection of exploration quotes might be just what you need to take the plunge.

Exploration And Adventure Quotes

  1. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
  2. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Borman
  4. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
  5. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
  6. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart
  7. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – André Gide
  8. “Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.” – Brian Greene
  9. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  10. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
  11. “Exploration is curiosity put into action.” – Don Walsh
  12. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
  13. “The journey not the ending matters.” – T.S. Eliot
  14. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein
  15. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
  16. “The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
  17. “Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.” – Edith Widder
  18. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
  20. “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha
  21. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
  22. “The journey itself is my home.” – Matsuo Basho
  23. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  24. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
  25. “Exploration is a wonderful way to open our eyes to the world, and to truly see that impossible is just a word.” – Richard Branson
  26. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace
  27. “It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  28. “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
  29. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
  30. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin
  31. “Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.” – Michael Collins
  32. “You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” – Sue Fitzmaurice
  33. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens
  34. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  35. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  36. “To explore the unknown and the familiar, distant and near, and to record in detail with the eyes of a child, any beauty, horror, irony, traces of utopia, or Hell.” – Dan Eldon
  37. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France
  38. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
  39. “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin
  40. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  41. “It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” – Oberyn Martell, Game of Thrones
  42. “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
  43. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  44. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
  45. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
  46. “The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.” – Casey Neistat
  47. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
  48. “Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what’s beyond.” – Buzz Aldrin
  49. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan
  50. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins
  51. “Exploration is the physical expression of the intellectual passion.” – Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  52. “Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjöld
  53. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell
  54. “Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  55. “Adventures are to the adventurous.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  56. “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” – François Rabelais
  57. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart
  58. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
  59. “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  60. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  61. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye
  62. “The journey is the reward.” – Chinese Proverb
  63. “The most dangerous worldviews are the worldviews of those who have never viewed the world.” – Alexander von Humboldt
  64. “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts
  65. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” – Ernest Hemingway
  66. “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” – Arthur C. Clarke
  67. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
  68. “The world is yours to explore.” – Unknown
  69. “Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you.” – Richard Aldington
  70. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to.” – Judith Thurman
  71. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
  72. “Seek adventures that open your mind.” – Unknown
  73. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert
  74. “Find out where you are going, but leave the map behind.” – Unknown
  75. “The journey is my home.” – Muriel Rukeyser
  76. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
  77. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  78. “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” – Deepak Chopra
  79. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty
  80. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
  81. “Fear is temporary. Regret is permanent. Adventure is taking a chance because it’s better than the question mark if you don’t.” – Dan Skinner
  82. “The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.” – Nancy Newhall
  83. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman
  84. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder
  85. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
  86. “Adventuring can be for the normal person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
  87. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  88. “Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.” – Yvon Chouinard
  89. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir
  90. “The best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer
  91. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll
  92. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  93. “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” – Oliver Goldsmith
  94. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  95. “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” – Norman Cousins
  96. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
  97. “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” – Eckhart Tolle
  98. “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.” – Anonymous
  99. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  100. “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 of life.” – John Amatt
  101. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
  102. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho
  103. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  104. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christian Andersen
  105. “The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change.” – William Arthur Ward
  106. “A life without cause is a life without effect.” – Paulo Coelho, Aleph
  107. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
  108. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather
  109. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Robyn Yong
  110. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
  111. “Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” – Steve Pavlina
  112. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
  113. “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” – Gilda Radner
  114. “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” – George Eliot
  115. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
  116. “The goal is to die with memories, not dreams.” – Anonymous
  117. “Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” – Holly Morris
  118. “Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin
  119. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.” – Mark Jenkins
  120. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  121. “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves.” – Andre Gide
  122. “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – J.M. Barrie
  123. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
  124. “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – J.K. Rowling
  125. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all—the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar
  126. “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir
  127. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac
  128. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  129. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
  130. “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  131. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.” – Christopher McCandless
  132. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
  133. “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.” – G.K. Chesterton
  134. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  135. “I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc
  136. “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” – J.K. Rowling
  137. “The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” – Rich Ridgeway
  138. “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.
  139. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
  140. “Life is an adventure, dare it.” – Mother Teresa
  141. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi)
  142. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
  143. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
  144. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Natalie Sisson (The Suitcase Entrepreneur)
  145. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle
  146. “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” – Lewis Carroll
  147. “Adventure isn’t something we chase after. It’s something that lives inside us.” – Roy T. Bennett
  148. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  149. “Life is a daring adventure towards an unknown future.” – Debasish Mridha
  150. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” – Mohammed
  151. “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” – Yogi Bhajan
  152. “Wander often, wonder always.” – Anonymous

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