Looking for something to spark a little adventure in you?

Sometimes a good quote is all you need to refresh your spirits and engage your imagination. When it comes to outdoor adventure, it is no secret that the beauty of the earth abounds. From the beginning of time man has attempted to capture this magic with the written word. While such efforts are often futile in light of the immense splendor that is nature, we can still appreciate some excerpts. Read on for six amazing adventure and hiking quotes.

Check out these six adventure and hiking quotes that will surely inspire.

1. John Muir – Our National Parks

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

2. Henry David Thoreau – Walden

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“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. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

3. John Krakauer – Into the Wild

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“I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. 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.”

4. Edward Abbey – Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

5. Sigurd F. Olson – We Need Wilderness

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“Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium.”

6. Henry David Thoreau – Walden

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“We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Don’t forget to create some hiking quotes of your own.

These hiking quotes are simply the beginning. Outdoor adventures are there just waiting for you to discover. Pick out a hiking book, adjust your GPS watch, find a trail or topographic map, and get ready to explore the beauty of nature for yourself. Feel free to think of your own hiking quotes along the way.

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