A quick read of some great hiking quotes might be just what you need to motivate you to get out in nature today.
Hiking in a beautiful setting is one of the best things a person can do for physical and mental health. Walking provides good exercise. A different environment stirs the senses, and the fresh air invigorates your being.
The beauty of nature is on full display and in combination these things lift your soul. To capture that feeling, we’ve identified our 23 best hiking quotes for your review.
Have a read through and then find a trail near you to experience these insights firsthand. Enjoy!
1.) I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Henry David Thoreau was known for advocating simple living in nature. His famous book on the subject, Walden, provides his philosophy on how one should live their life. Being one with nature is an important aspect of this.
2.) To solve a problem, walk around.
St. Jerome wasn’t the first nor the last person to suggest that walking can provide the right environment for solving more complex problems in your life. Steve Jobs was a big believer in the value of a nice, long walk.
3.) There is no WiFi in the forest, but you will make a better connection.
Unplugging from all of our electronic activities can be difficult. With smart phones, computers, laptops and TVs, many of us spend too much time in front of monitors. Spending time in nature is a great opportunity to recharge (so to speak).
4.) The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.
The more you read about great inventions and scientific discoveries, the more you discover that the inspiration for so many positive advances in society comes from nature. As Nancy Newhall suggests, there may be many more answers and solutions waiting to be discovered.
5.) Between every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.
The “Father of the National Parks,” John Muir was a naturalist, philosopher, and author. He practiced what he preached spending most of his time in the great outdoors. Muir also wrote, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” And, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” Another favorite, “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
6.) I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.
Trevelyan was a British academic, historian, and author. Much has been written about how walking is the perfect exercise. But, I don’t think anyone ever wrote about it as succinctly as G.M. Trevelyan.
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7.) The antidote to exhaustion isn’t rest. It’s nature.
A good walk in nature can cure many ills according to Shikoba. It’s counterintuitive to think exhaustion can be cured with a nature walk. But, so many find the experience so refreshing, we can’t leave this saying out. There’s no disagreement here.
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8.) Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.
Jaime Lyn lets us know that there’s more to life than financial well-being. As Greg Child once wrote, “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” A strong sense of adventure must be quenched and different experiences can do that.
9.) Anywhere is within walking distance.
George Meegan walked from the southern tip of Argentina (Tierra Del Fuego) to the northernmost part of Alaska in six years from 1977 to 1983. He covered 19,019 miles in 2,425 days. Wow. That makes that 8 block walk to the coffee shop seem short.
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10.) Live your life by a compass, not a clock.
Did you know that compasses were smuggled to prisoners of war in German camps in the form of buttons and razor blades to help them escape? A compass is one of the iconic symbols of travel and adventure.
11.) I could never resist the call of the trail.
This quotation comes courtesy of William Frederick Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill. Bill rode for the Pony Express at the age of 14 and served as a scout for the army. His famous Wild West show visited sites around the U.S. and Europe.
12.) In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle was one of Plato’s favorite students. He opened an academy for students in Athens. He liked to walk around campus while teaching forcing his students to trail behind.
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13.) Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.
Earl Shaffer reminds us that preparation is the key to a good time. Carrying as little as possible makes the walk more enjoyable as the burden of weight is removed. However, it takes some careful thought to make sure you have enough of the right things.
14.) Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Another beauty by John Muir who reminds us of another good hiking quote. As Amit Kalantri wrote, “You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.”
15.) A walk in nature walks the soul back home.
Mary Davis suggests that there is something soulful about a good hike. Yes, we agree. They say, “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” And, if you ever have taken that type of hike, you know that it can enrich the soul and just make you feel good.
16.) Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
Gary Snyder’s quote is a reminder that our ancestors lived in the great outdoors. It’s humbling to think of all the people in this world who came before us. Many of our ancestors did not have sophisticated shelter. And, yet still, nature was home.
17.) Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
Walt Whitman, the American journalist, essayist, and poet wrote this beautiful line. The “father of the free verse” had a way with words.
18.) Somewhere on your journey, don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view.
As you should know, it’s not the destination it’s the journey. Don’t be that person who rushes to the top of the summit without once stopping and enjoying the amazing view.
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19.) Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.
Cindy Ross tells us that a great adventure leads to great stories. This Cindy Ross quote captures that feeling. As William Blake wrote, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.”
20.) I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs captures the soothing qualities of nature in this insight. The restorative nature of nature is something many can appreciate. And, if you haven’t, it’s never too late to start.
21.) To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.
A nature walk is the opportunity to witness God’s handiwork according to Mary Davis Treat. Also, as Robert Sweetgall wrote, “We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.”
22.) Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.
Take it from the genius Albert Einstein, solutions for many problems and challenges in life lie in nature. A keen observer of nature can learn so much just through watching and learning.
23.) The earth has music for those who listen.
Leave it to the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare, to write poetically about our relationship with mother earth. Shakespeare also recognizes the importance of observation as it relates to nature. It’s not just being there, but also listening, watching, and learning.
You’ve just reviewed some of the best hiking quotes. Now, the only thing left to do is to get out into nature. So, I write this with all best wishes, go take a hike!
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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