Favourite Wilderness Quotes


I love hiking and being outdoors, and I found that nature gives far more than what it takes – the sense of freedom, the beauty, the simplicity of life, the physical challenges and the sense of community. Being in nature is also a deeply spiritual experience for me: a place where I can become quiet, reflect, meditate, pray and find peace.

I find joy in reading the thoughts of people who can eloquently express great truths or encouragement for life. This is a collection of my favourite hiking and wilderness quotes.

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela


“There is more to life than increasing its speed” – Ghandi

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods. There is rapture on the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein


“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

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” – Anne Frank

“The word ‘adventure’ has just gotten overused. For me, adventure is when everything goes wrong. That’s when the adventure starts.” – Yvon Chouinard


About Willem Boshoff 25 Articles
Willem is an actuary by profession and an adventurer at heart. He spends as much time as possible outdoors - camping, hiking, mountain biking, surfing and rock climbing are his activities of choice – and he enjoys reading and writing. He has hiked and trekked in the Himalayas, Andes, Patagonia, Alps, Corsica and done the Camino Portugues, and thinks locally the Cederberg and Drakensberg offers some of the best wilderness-hiking experiences in the world. He is also passionate about conservation and sustainability. He lives in Cape Town.


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