quotes

Adventure

The thirst for adventure is the vent which destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. • J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Fellowship of the Ring

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

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. • Sir Edmund Hillary

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. • Corrie Ten Boom

Life is an adventure to be explored and excavated for its endless unexpected surprises and treasures. • Erwin Raphael McManus

It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. • Theodore Roosevelt

Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. • Mark Twain

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. • Steve Jobs

Bones heal, chicks dig scars, pain is temporary, glory is forever. • Evel Knievel

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately ... and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. • Henry David Thoreau

The Road goes ever on and on
     Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
     And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
     Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
     And whither then? I cannot say. • J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Lord of the Rings, 1954

If life is an adventure, then danger is inherent to the journey. • Erwin Raphael McManus

We are in constant danger of being not actors in the drama of our lives but reactors, to go where the world takes us, to drift with whatever current happens to be running the strongest. • Frederick Buechner

Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived. • John Eldredge

We shall cease from exploration, and the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know it for the first time. • T.S. Elliot

Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints. • Chief Seattle

"Did not I, through faith, conquer kingdoms, apply justice, obtain promises, stop the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, escape the edge of the sword, win strength out of weakness, become valiant in war, and put foreign armies to flight? Was I not a man of faith and a man of action in one skin? Why are the faithful so afraid of deeds for fear they should fall into 'Justification by works'? And why is Thy Church so uncomfortable with its men of action? And why do men of spirit so often have to work apart from, and even against it? Are there no longer kingdoms to be conquered, injustice to be destroyed, promises to be obtained? The Son of David is a warrior still. Must He tread the winepress alone?" • David Head

The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. • Frederick Buechner

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost. • J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Fellowship of the Ring

Deeper than our instinct to live is our longing to be alive. Aliveness is different from existence. The latter is a struggle to survive; the former, a thirst for life. • Erwin Raphael McManus

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—facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential. • John Amatt (Organizer participant Canada's first successful expedition to summit Mt. Everest)

If you cannot understand that there is something in us which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself—upward and forever upward—then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for. • George Leigh Mallory

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. • Helen Keller

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. • J.R.R. Tolkien

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. • Mark Twain

"Don't worry about genius and don't worry about not being clever. Trust rather to hard work, perseverance, and determination. The best motto for a long march is 'Don't grumble. Plug on.' You hold your future in your own hands. Never waver in this belief. Don't swagger... Be honest. Be loyal. Be kind. Remember that the hardest thing to acquire is the faculty of being unselfish. As a quality it is one of the finest attributes of manliness." • Sir Frederick Treves

Running through the forest
Dive into the lake
Bare feet on beaches white
Standing in the canyon
Painted hills around
The wind against my skin
Every ocean
Every sea
Every river
Every stream
Every mountain
Every tree
Every blade of grass will sing • Partial lyrics from the song Make a Joyful Noise / I Will Not Be Silent by David Crowder and Terry Butler 1998

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. • E.M. Forester

I am young and have many hidden qualities; I'm young and strong and living through a big adventure; I'm right in the middle of it and can't spend all day complaining because it's impossible to have any fun! I'm blessed with many things: happiness, a cheerful disposition and strength. Every day I feel myself maturing, I feel liberation drawing near, I feel the beauty of nature and the goodness of the people around me. Every day I think what a fascinating and amusing adventure this is! With all that, why should I despair? • Anne Frank (Excerpt from The Diary of a Young Girl, Wednesday, 3 May 1944 entry)

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. • Author Unknown

Why join the navy if you can be a pirate? • Steve Jobs

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away. • Author Unknown

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. • Andre Gide

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character. • Henry David Thoreau

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

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. • William Somerset Maugham

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves. • Andre Gide

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. • Vincent van Gogh

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. • G. K. Chesterton

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. • Amelia Earhart

Adventure is not outside man; it is within. • George Eliot

We are working out the story of our life. Our story will include setbacks and failures as well as surprises and responses to opportunities we could never have foreseen. • Gordon T. Smith

The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all. • Brennan Manning

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