10 Inspiring Quotes About The Great Outdoors

I am a quote queen. They take up pages in my journals, I have a “WORDS” Pintrest board I’m always adding to, and my blog posts tend to begin with one. I’m partial to quotes that praise the magic of nature + the wilderness.  It’s a challenge to capture my state of mind when I am absorbed in fresh air, green earth or turquoise sea, but I find the greats like Muir, Thoreau and Abbey have all done it elegantly and repeatedly. Here are a few of my favorite nature quotes to inspire your weekend exploration. I’ve sprinkled in a few photos from our recent backpacking trip through the Enchantments too as a visual catalyst.

Backing in the Enchantments near Leavenworth WA. Climbing up Aasgard Pass and overlooking Colchuck Lake.

“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.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Fall camping at Colchuck Lake before hiking to The Enchatnments

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir, Our National Parks

Hiking through the Upper Enchantments in the Fall.

“The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.”― Nancy Wynne Newhall

The view from Aasgard Pass. 1 mile and 2,000 ft of elevation gain to overlook Colchuck Lake.

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ― Edward Abbey

A stop at Colchuck Lake before hiking up Aasgard Pass.

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘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

Inspiration Lake in the Enchantments.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” -Rachel Carson

Backpacking through the Enchantments.

“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.” – Jawaharial Nehru

A mountain goat hanging out on Aasgard Pass

“Nature contains that spirit and power which we can witness but not weigh, inwardly conceive but not comprehend, love but not limit, imagine, but neither define nor describe.” – T. E. Lawrence

Backpacking through the Upper Enchantments

“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 practice 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.”– John Muir

Colchuck Lake, WA

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”-Kahlil Gibran

Did I miss your favorite quote? Share it below in the comments!

Need more outdoor inspiration? Check out a few of my nature specific posts with Hawaiian sunsets, exploring Ice Caves, and backpacking through the Northwest.

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  1. October 23, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Wow Wow Wow – I love the wilderness -a nd some of your images are captivating! feels like a window more than a webiste – Do you usually post tehse type of articles – if so I am following – Beautiful – Made my friday!

    • October 23, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words. A window more than a website … love that! 🙂 Yes my posts are usually travel, outdoor and adventure inspired. Hope you’re getting outside today and have a great weekend!

  2. vkrivas
    October 23, 2015 / 8:55 am

    beautiful quotes, and beautiful pictures. Definitely planning another adventure outdoors now!

    • October 23, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks Victoria. What adventure is next on your list?

      • vkrivas
        October 26, 2015 / 9:46 am

        Exploring Shenandoah with the changing of the leaves… I can’t wait!

    • October 23, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for the comment 🙂 You sound like an avid hiker! Have any favorites in the PNW?

      • October 23, 2015 / 1:12 pm

        Tolmie Peak is really great! You get an awesome view of Mount Rainier as well as other surrounding mountains and lakes! 🙂

  3. Cathie Leslie
    October 26, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Hi Leslie, Am currently reading a book you might enjoy. It is titled The Road Washes Out in Spring by Baron Wormser, Maine’s poet laureate from 2000-2005. Beautiful writing, he reminds me of Aldo Leopold (who, IMHO, is far superior to Abbey)

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