Nature Quotes for Wild Adventurers

These nature quotes come from a collection of celebrated environmentalists, writers, artists and spiritual leaders. People, like you, that understand the importance and power of the natural world.


“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

– John Muir

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” 

– Jane Goodall

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

River valley with pine trees
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“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”

– Claude Monet

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”

– John Muir

“There is no mystery in this association of woods and otherworlds, for as anyone who has walked the woods knows, they are places of correspondence, of call and answer. Visual affinities of color, relief and texture abound. A fallen branch echoes the deltoid form of a streambed into which it has come to rest. Chrome yellow autumn elm leaves find their color rhyme in the eye-ring of the blackbird. Different aspects of the forest link unexpectedly with each other, and so it is that within the stories, different times and worlds can be joined.” 

– Robert McFarline

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“Wild animals, like wild places, are invaluable to us precisely because they are not us. They are uncompromisingly different. The paths they follow, the impulses that guide them, are of other orders. The seal’s holding gaze, before it flukes to push another tunnel through the sea, the hare’s run, the hawk’s high gyres: such things are wild. Seeing them, you are made briefly aware of a world at work around and beside our own, a world operating in patterns and purposes that you do not share. These are creatures, you realise that live by voices inaudible to you.” 

– Robert McFarline

“Rewilding is not about abandoning civilization but about enhancing it. It is to ‘love not man the less, but Nature more’.” 

– George Monbiot

“I thought of the places I would be leaving, of what they were and what they could become. I pictured trees returning to the bare slopes, fish and whales returning to the bay. I thought of what my children and grandchildren might find here, and of how those who worked the land and sea might prosper if this wild vision were to be realized.”

– George Monbiot

“There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.”

– David Attenborough

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“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

David Attenborough

“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,—no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

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– Rachel Carson

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

– Dalai Lama

“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.” 

– Vandana Shiva

“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” 

– Vandana Shiva

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“An orange sickle of new moon hung above the chimneys in a deep mauve sky. Autumn bonfires glowed in the mist and floated white smoke-rings above it. The beach shone in the gathering dust as the tide fell and the sea grew less perturbed. I turned and swam on into the quiet waves.”

– Roger Deakin

“Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.”

– Aldo Leopold

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