Hiking quotes

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Hiking features

Only where you have been on foot have you really been. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Hiking is an activity for the legs and a state of the soul. (Josef Hofmiller)

Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee. (Demetri Martin)

Hiking—much like drinking—is something that sounds more fun to the uninitiated than it actually is. (Mindy McGinnis)

Do n’t start hiking in the desert right away, start by crossing the sandbox in your neighborhood square. (Denis Langlois)

Trekking means a traveling experience with a thrilling excitement. (Amit Kalantri)

Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong. (Jennifer Pharr Davis)

Hiking is the best workout! You can walk for three hours without even realizing that you are working. And hiking alone allows me to spend time for myself. (Jamie Luner)

Hiking as compensation for society’s unreasonable demands, as healthy escapism. But in addition to the motive of turning away and relaxation, there is that of departure, towards an immediacy of world experience that does not seem possible in everyday life. (Christian Jostmann)

Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance. (Jack Kerouac)

There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. (Rannulph Fiennes)

Stopping, rediscovered immobility, the physical tension of the effort suddenly released, it’s a marvelous sensation, that of the unbanded arc. It is worth walking , and walking hard, just for the pleasure of being able to stop. And isn’t the joy of departure already largely made up of that of arrival, savored in advance even in the cruelties that absence implies? (Theodore Monod)


One cannot become a wanderer, one is born a wanderer. (Henry David Thoreau)

Not all who wander are lost. (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Because hiking is one of those things you can only do when you have the determination in you. (Carl Sagan)

Tourist. A person who goes on a hike with a backpack on his shoulders, and returns with his tongue on his shoulder. (Konstantin Melikhan)

The long-distance hiker, a breed set apart, from the likes of the usual pack. He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back. (M.J. Eberhart)

Inhabiting the world, not occupying it, colonizing it or mastering it, such is the inner wish of the walker. (Christophe Lamoure)

Taking your time is a subversion of everyday life. Anachronistic in a world favoring speed, walking is an act of resistance celebrating slowness, availability, silence, curiosity, uselessness, so many values opposed to the neoliberal sensibilities that condition our lives. The walker is the one who takes his time and does not let time take him. (David Le Breton)

Hiking is easy. It is accessible to all – young, old, poor, rich, male, female. Every hiker forms their own personal style. Just go. The logo on the jacket is not decisive. Be open, permeable to the influences of nature and landscape and last but not least to your inner voice. On the way open the gates of perception as wide as possible. For the lines of sight, fields of scent, sound spaces in which to immerse oneself. Sharpening our senses, which atrophy in everyday urban life, is what matters. Hardships and the willingness to sometimes go to your own limits are definitely part of it. The essence of hiking is the experience of freedom: I have sovereignty over space and time. (Ulrich Grober)

Nature and hiking

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. (Gary Snyder)

The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot. (Werner Herzog)

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. (Edward Abbey)

We feel so comfortable in nature because it doesn’t judge us. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. (John Burroughs)

Moments of solitude with Mother Nature is sunshine to a soul. (Anthony Douglas Williams)

Step away a stone’s throw to the right or to the left of this well-maintained road on which we walk , and immediately the universe takes on a wild, strange air… (R. Kipling)

In the simplicity and stillness of nature man finds life force. (Julius Waldemar Gross)

On a hike, the days pass with the wind, the sun, the stars; movement is powered by a belly full of food and water, not a noxious tankful of fossil fuels. On a hike, you’re less a job title and more a human being. A periodic hike not only stretches the limbs, but also reminds us: Wow, there’s a big old world out there. (Ken Ilgunas)

Quotes about nature

Motivation and hiking

You have to hike. (Manuel Andrack)

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. (Frank Herbert)

I could never resist the call of the trail. (Buffalo Bill)

Hiking is my source of energy! (Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner)

I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question. (Harun Yahya)

Go out, go out I beg of you And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child. (Edna Jaques)

A lot of hiking makes you well versed. (Peter Sirius)

Cover the earth before it covers you. (Dagobert D. Runes)

The longing for a hike tears at my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind in the evening. If you listen quietly and for a long time, the longing for hiking shows its core and meaning. She is not wanting to run away from suffering, it seemed. It is longing for home, for mother’s memory, for new parables of life. It leads home. (Hermann Hesse)

People and hiking

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. (John Muir)

The further I go, the closer I get to myself. (Andrew McCarthy)

In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with. (Charles Schulz)

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. (Rachel Carson)

Nothing is charming, in my opinion, like this way of traveling. Walk ! – We belong, we are free, we are happy… (Victor Hugo)

Hiking’s not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty. (Sonja Yoerg)

If everyone in the world took care of each other the way folks do out on the trail, and if everyone approached each day with as much hope and optimism as hikers do, the world would be a better place. (Jon Tullis)

Path and hiking

Where the signposts end, the trail begins. (Marty Rubin)

If the path is beautiful, let us not wonder where it leads! (Anatole France)

The trail leads not merely north and south, but up to the body, mind, and soul of man. (Harold Allen)

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape. (Rebecca Solnit)

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it. (Rosalia de Castro)

Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost. (Erol Ozan)

Path: strip of land on which we walk on foot. … The path is a tribute to space. Each section of the path is in itself endowed with a meaning and invites us to pause. ( Milan Kundera)

Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that. (Ellen Degeneres)

Forest and hiking

I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city. (Mary Davis)

Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world. (John Muir)

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. (John Muir)

Going for a leisurely walk in the forest feels like getting a big ol’ hug from Mother Nature. (Jamie Erwine)

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees. (Henry David Thoreau)

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. (Robert Frost)

I love being in the woods, when I can just walk barefoot in the grass and just sit down and breathe. I love that so much. (Jessie Reyez)

Quotes about forest

Car and hiking

You conquer the landscape with the soles of your shoes, not with the tires of your car. (Georges Duhamel)

God didn’t give everyone cars, but he gave us two legs. (Alphonse Esquiros)

Autotourist – a person who traveled 5,000 kilometers in order to be photographed against the background of his car. (C. Melamed)

I am of the opinion that everything would be better if you walked more… The way you sit in the car, you have immediately removed a few degrees from the original humanity… Driving shows powerlessness, walking shows strength. (Johann Gottfried Seume)

Since the reign of the car, the notion of distance has been perverted and is only expressed in terms of kilometers per hour. The walker must know how to decode expressions such as “not far”, “nearby” or “ten minutes away. It is a motorist’s assessment. “Ten minutes”, once analyzed, is translated as ten to twelve kilometers, or two hours of walking. (Bernard Oliver)

Time and hiking

I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm. (John Mackey)

Days of slow walking are very long: they make you live longer because you have allowed every hour, every minute, every second to breathe, to deepen, instead of filling them up by straining the joints. (Frédéric Gros)

The slowness of the walk , its regularity, considerably lengthens the day. And by only putting one foot in front of the other , you will see that you will have stretched the hours disproportionately. So that we live longer while walking , in the sense that while walking , time slows down, it takes a fuller breath. (Frederic Gros)

Mountains and hiking

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. (John Kerouac)

If you don’t climb mountains, you won’t be able to enjoy the view. (Pablo Neruda)

You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. (Dr. Seuss)

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. (Aldous Huxley)

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. (John Ruskin)

Quotes about mountaineering

Happiness and hiking

Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot. (Diane Spicer)

If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority. (Richard Branson)

You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along. (Katrina Mayer)

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy. (Hamlin Garland)

Loneliness and hiking

I love walking in the woods, along the trails, by the beaches. I love being part of nature; I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one’s batteries. (Grace Kelly)

To walk alone, backpack, is to surrender entirely to dangers and to men. There is no possibility of escape like on a bicycle, or of shelter like with a car. (Bernard Oliver)

To be fully appreciated, a hike should be undertaken alone. Walking in groups, or even in pairs, is hiking only in name; it is something else, which resembles a picnic. A hike should be undertaken alone, because freedom is the essence. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Life and hiking

I like to walk at ease, and stop when I want. The traveling life is what I need. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. (Helen Keller)

Life sucks a whole lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire, and a bit of peace and quiet. (Brooke Hampton)

You, who know that all the bruises and scrapes from scrambling and rambling are the best because they remind you of being alive. (Madison Perrins)

Love and hiking

I’ve fallen in love with adventures, so I begin to wonder, if that’s why I’ve fallen for you. (E. Grin)

Here’s to all the places we went. And here’s to all the places we’ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you. (John Green)

Why should a relationship mean settling down? Wait for someone who won’t let life escape you, who’ll challenge you and drive you towards your dreams. Someone spontaneous who you can get lost in the world with. (Beau Taplin)

Purpose and hiking

Let’s imitate the bee, it makes great hikes, without losing its objective. (Louis Marie Parent)

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The purpose of travel is to reach a destination, the purpose of hiking is to be on the move. (Theodor Heuss)

I don’t know if my life has any meaning. But my walk has a purpose. Put one foot in front of the other. And start again until joy ensues. (Yves Paccalet)

Way and hiking

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. (Beverly Sills)

Embrace the detours. (Kevin Charbonneau)

The big challenge is to set off at all, to leave supposed security behind and instead to face the uncertainty of the way. The path then emerges by itself. (Gregor Sieböck)

On the way, the best thing is to get lost. When you get lost, plans give way to surprises and it is then, but only then, that the journey begins. (Nicholas Bouvier)

Luggage and hiking

Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care. (Earl Shaffer)

I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it. (Cheryl Strayed)

The most important piece of luggage is and will always be a happy heart. (Hermann Löns)

Quotes about backpacking

God and hiking

Hiking clears your head and fills your heart with appreciation for the Creator. (Georg Bäcker)

The Camino de Santiago was not just a hike, and I had never thought of it as such. It was a reality test in three dimensions , where we first learned not to be evil: God, that he exists (or) and not, remained the central question of my existence. . . The only one who really interests me, and the main character who was waiting for me on the road, if I accepted three minutes to be honest with myself . (Alix de Saint-André)

Freedom and hiking

Hiking is the most perfect mode of locomotion if you want to discover real life. It is the path to freedom. (Elizabeth von Arnim)

The man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth. (Horace Kephart)

Quotes about freedom

Shoes and hiking

Yours are the only shoes made to walk your journey. (Charles F. Glassman)

If pedestrian activity, erected into a sport by hiking enthusiasts, does not save the world from an apocalypse announced long before the appearance of technological progress, it will at least have had the merit of restoring work to shoemakers. (Philippe Bouvard)

Adventure and hiking

Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person. (Yvon Chouinard)

The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask. (Rich Ridgeway)

Friends and hiking

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. (Izaak Walton)

We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Home and hiking

Man’s real home is not a house but the road , and life itself is a journey on foot. (Bruce Chatwin)

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)

Soul and hiking

Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul. (Jaime Lyn Beatty)

You need special shoes for hiking – and a bit of a special soul as well. (Terri Guillemets)

Miracles and hiking

To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. (Mary Davis)

Traveling shouldn’t be just a tour, it should be a tale. (Amit Kalantri)

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