50 Epic Wilderness Quotes and Survival Quotes

Looking for a few wilderness quotes to get you up and going into the great outside?

After traveling all around the globe, we’re humbled to call the Canadian Rockies home. It’s quite the place if you want some time in the wilderness. In honor of our new home, that is why we have decided to share some inspiring survival quotes and words about the wilderness, nature, adventure, waterfalls, and the mountains.

Whether you’re braving the wilderness or in need of a proper wilderness survival quote we have you covered.

Wilderness Quotes

My Favorite Braving the Wilderness Quotes

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“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear.


“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

– Henry David Thoreau (One of my favorite wild quotes)

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

– John Muir

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

– Jo Walton

“I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”


“Life doesn’t flow backwards.” 


“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”

— Janice Anderson

“God is discovered entirely through creation – the brilliance of a sunset, the powerful roar of a waterfall, the symphony of sounds you hear in the heart of the forest, or the vastness of space and its countless stars.”

— Benjamin Sullivan

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

-Norman Maclean (a fantastic wild quote)

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. ”

-Terence McKenna

“Go where you feel most alive.”

— Unknown

“Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself!”

— Unknown

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Any of these wilderness quotes can go with this image

Wilderness and survival Quotes for the mountains

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Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.”

—Reinhold Messner

“I met a lot of young people who asked me what books to read or films to watch. I think that is a good way to start, but there’s no substitute for just going there.”

— Yvon Chouinard

“Nothing lives long, Only the earth and mountains”

— Dee Brown

“I now walk into the wild.”

— Jon Krakauer

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

—Dag Hammerskjold

Bow Lake in Banff (“The mountains are calling and I must go.”)

“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”

— Jim Whittaker

“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.”

— Tenzing Norgay

“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”

— Vera Nazarian

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

— John Muir

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

― David McCullough Jr


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

— T.S. Eliot

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

— Andy Rooney

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

— Unknown

“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.”

— Wilfrid Noyce

“The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.”

— Jeanne Moreau


“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

“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”

— John Muir 

“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.”

— Harley King 

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.”

— John Lubbock 

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.”

— William Blake 

“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

— Unknown

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

-Brooke Hampton

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Wilderness Quotes: Waterfalls

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“A waterfall cannot be silent, just as the wisdom. When they speak, the voice of power speaks.”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

“The cold and crystal clear water, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul…”

– El Fuego 

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall.”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

“You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles.”

-Sharon G Larson

“I am like a waterfall, wild and free.” 


“A very wise quote is a spectacular waterfall! When you see it, you feel its power!”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

After a long hike we’ll need one of these awesome wilderness quotes to go with this image

“I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.”

-Mike May

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”

-Mikhail Lermontov

“When you’re young, there’s so much that you can’t take in. It’s pouring over you like a waterfall. When you’re older, it’s less intense, but you’re able to reach out and drink it. I love being older.”

-Sigourney Weaver

“You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles you carry within you the power to make the world better.”


“My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”

-Mel Brooks

“Waterfalls are exciting because they have power, they have rainbows, they have songs, and they have boldness and craziness!”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

-Norman Maclean

“Life is like a waterfall – always moving.”


Quotes About the Wilderness

There you have it – our favorite wilderness quotes! Any Survival quotes about the wilderness you would add?

About Natasha

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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