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Top 10 Inspiring Quotes to Spark Adventure

By Alyssa Clark and Rob Steger

In a time where adventure isn't quite as laid out or easily available, there is never a more important moment to be inspired by the words of others. We are in the era of Creating Our Own Adventures, and the words of past pioneers can serve to inspire us to chase those goals. T4A has compiled a list of top ten quotes from the world's best adventurers in no particular order.

We hope these words keep you motivated and enjoying your adventures!

1.“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” ~Edmund Hillary, first recorded ascent of Everest

2. "Adventure should be 80 percent 'I think this is manageable,' but it's good to have that last 20 percent where you're right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone."

~Bear Grylls, survival instructor, adventurer

3. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

~Jack Kerouac, American novelist

4. “When a man is a traveler, the world is his home and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home and all the people are his family.”

~Drew Bundini Brown, boxing trainer for Muhammad Ali

5. “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.”

~Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher

6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~Mark Twain, American novelist

7. “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, American author

8. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

~John Muir, naturalist, author

9. “I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life.” ~Mark Obmascik, American author and journalist

10. “If you cannot understand that there is something in man 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 live. That is what life means and what life is for.”

~George Mallory, British mountaineer

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