Outdoor Quotes: Some to Inspire You and Some to Make You Think

The wonder of the outdoors has inspired many to articulate its power through the use of words. While nature cannot be summed up in a sentence or two, these famous quotes attempt to capture and transmit the power of the natural world. In the process, we cannot help to feel drawn to the majestic world these quote describe.

In Every Walk

“In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”- John Muir

As an author, philosopher, naturalism, and glaciologist, John Muir spend many days in nature and received much from his time. Two nicknames of "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks" which he owned proudly as an activist for the United State National Parks.

No Dummy

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.”- Isaac Newton

Certainly Isaac Newton could not relate to being a dummy, in which he had in common with nature. We could all learn from them both and find pleasure in simplicity.

Be Happy

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.'”— Sylvia Plath

The poetic and honest work of Sylvia Plath reminds us of the joy we can find just outside our computer screens, windows, and crowded cities.

Tasting Her Sweetness

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E. B. White

Enjoying the outdoors comes with its ups and downs. How easy is it for nature to prove her seniority when our campsites flood or wind uproots tarps and tents? Yes, E.B. White, a better use of our time is spent on enjoying the journey, knowing we are small in comparison to mother nature.

Sleep Under the Stars

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” – Alan S. Kesselheim

This author of outdoor topics knows a few things about the stars while living in “big sky country.” I’d recon this quote is still true today, and its up to you to break the mold, get out there and also encourage others to do the same.

The Pace of Nature

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is always the key, and nature is the ultimate teacher of this lesson. Simply watch a plant grow and you will soon understand where we are lacking.

Taller Than the Trees

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”- Henry David Thoreau

As a man of many roles, including a key figure in the anti-slavery movement, Henry David Thoreau was a man who encouraged empowerment. He himself found strength in nature, and inspired others to do the same.

What It Means to Be Human

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” — Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest is just as much of an advocate for nature as she is a promoter of human rights, but as she says, the two ideas are related.

Grown in the Open Air

“Now I know the secret of making the best persons; it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the Earth.” — Walt Whitman

It seems that innovation has long been centered on the separation of humans from their natural home in the pursuit of “easy and comfortable.”

Everyone’s a Storyteller

“Light a campfire and everyone's a storyteller.” – John Geddes

One of the best places to enjoy companionship and the age-old tradition of passing on tales by word of mouth is the campfire. Add in s’mores, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable night.

A lot Less

“Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet.”- Brooke Hampton

Somehow, the everyday problems and worries of a busy life seem to fade into the background when you are outdoors. Being present in natural beauty and relaxing in peaceful scenery can be an effective way to de-stress and calm your body and mind.

Murmurs of the Forest

“But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called—called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.” — Jack London, The Call of the Wild

We may never hear the call like the one Jack London described in his novel set in the Yukon wilderness, but we will never be sure if we don’t get outdoors and listen patiently.

Cares will Drop

“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 off like autumn leaves.” — John Muir

It is difficult to focus on trivial things when navigating a pine tree forest or crossing a flowing stream. Immerse yourself fully in every moment outdoors and put your worries behind you.

The Most Luxurious

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” – Helen Keller

Why do home décor stores sell scents and decoration all geared around nature?


“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”– Amelia Earhart

Often the journey is better than the destination. Don’t forget to stop and look around on your way up to a mountaintop.

A Companion

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” — Lorraine Anderson

Nature is there for you when it feels as if no one else is. It also is a great place to bring together like-minded people who want to explore and enjoy the outdoors world.

Lonely Freedom

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” — Theodore Roosevelt

The wilderness does not seem as lonely when you recognize the mystery and wonder in its freedom. Perhaps that is the secret realization which all these authors share.


“The Earth has music for those who listen.” ― Williams Shakespeare

Shakespeare was a man of many words, but he still knew the value in listening to nature.


“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”- Chief Standing Bear

Having a soft heart is a good thing, especially when it’s the result from nature.

Never Conquer the Mountain

“You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few brief minutes and then the wind blows away your footprints” ― Arlene Blum

As a chemist, mountaineer, author, and founder of Green Science Policy Institute, Arlene Blum, PhD, has conquered physical and metaphorical mountains. Yet, it is her drive to continue, and never consider her work truly done which makes her a world changer.

May Your Trails be Crooked

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

For a trail is merely a sidewalk if there is not a little challenge to overcome. And, what fun is there in that?

Get on Your Way

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” ― Dr. Seuss

Leave it to Dr. Seuss to inspire us to explore. May we make the most of our days and enjoy the beauty in the outdoors. Who knows what wonderful things you will see.


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