100 Explorer Quotes

The Explorer archetype runs through all of society in Western culture, speaking to the need for freedom, adventure, and independence.

100 Inspirational Quotes for Explorers

We’ve collected the best quotes about explorers for you to read through.

This selection of quotations are based solely on my personal taste and are in no particular order. You are welcome to browse the entire collection and look for your own favourite quotes.

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Checkout this list of explorer quotes:

1. Terence McKenna

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”

2. Roman Payne, The Wanderess

“What is a Wanderess? Bound by no boundaries, contained by no countries, tamed by no time, she is the force of nature’s course.”

3. Kamand Kojouri

“The best traveler is one without a camera.”

4. Keri Smith, How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

“How To Be An Explorer Of The World
1. Always Be LOOKING (notice the ground beneath your feet.)
2. Consider Everything Alive & Animate
3. EVERYTHING Is Interesting. Look Closer.
4. Alter Your Course Often.
5. Observe For Long Durations (and short ones).
6. Notice The Stories Going On Around You.
8. DOCUMENT Your Findings (field notes) In A VAriety Of Ways.
9. Incorporate Indeterminacy.
10. Observe Movement.
11. Create a Personal DIALOGUE With Your Environment. Talk to it.
12. Trace Things Back to Their ORIGINS.
13. Use ALL of the Senses In Your Investigations.”

5. David Livingstone

“I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.”

6. Roman Payne, Hope and Despair

“A woman must prefer her liberty over a man. To be happy, she must.
A man to be happy, however, must yearn for his woman more than his liberty.
This is the rightful order.”

7. Rachel Wolchin

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we would have roots instead of feet.”

8. Roman Payne

“When a Wanderess has been caged,
or perched with her wings clipped,
She lives like a Stoic,
She lives most heroic,
smiling with ruby, moistened lips
once her cup of Death is welcome sipped.”

9. David Attenborough

“We only know a tiny proportion about the complexity of the natural world. Wherever you look, there are still things we don’t know about and don’t understand. […] There are always new things to find out if you go looking for them.”

10. Roman Payne, The Wanderess

“When no possessions keep us, when no countries contain us, and no time detains us, man becomes a heroic wanderer, and woman, a wanderess.”

11. Anne Sexton

“I’d won the world but like a forsaken explorer, I’d lost my map.”

12. Hark Herald Sarmiento

““I used to capture the vastness and the immensity of the world and confine it to the limited pages of the parchment.”

13. Appu Nirmal

“I’m a wanderer. But i don’t wander to explore the outer physical world , I do it to explore the universe inside me.”

14. Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

“In 1988, a cave explorer named Véronique Le Guen volunteered for an extreme experiment: to live alone in an underground cavern in southern France without a clock for one hundred and eleven days, monitored by scientists who wished to study the human body’s natural rhythms in the absence of time cues. For a while, she settled into a pattern of thirty hours awake and twenty hours asleep. She described herself as being “psychologically completely out of phase, where I no longer know what my values are or what is my purpose in life.”

When she returned to society, her husband later noted, she seemed to have an emptiness inside her that she was unable to fully express. “While I was alone in my cave I was my own judge,” she said. “You are your own most severe judge. You must never lie or all is lost. The strongest sentiment I brought out of the cave is that in my life I will never tolerate lying.” A little more than a year later, Le Guen swallowed an overdose of barbiturates and lay down in her car in Paris, a suicide at age thirty-three.”

15. Ian Tattersall

“For over a century, an evolving microcosm of Anthropology’s turbulent history has hidden behind the staid façade of the American Museum of Natural History. From an insider’s perspective, the well-known ethnologist Stan Freed engagingly introduces us to an amazing cast of explorers, eccentrics, idealists, pranksters and forbidding intellectual – an unlikely mix that played a key role in establishing the science of Anthropology as we know it today.”

16. Deejay Kapil

“It is so gratifying to tell so many stories my eye can romance with, that I become the stories.
They shall live on after me, and in that way it makes me immortal”

17. Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

“An explorer cannot stay at home reading maps other men have made.”

18. Amit Kalantri

“Ability to find the answers is more important than ability to know the answers.”

19. Bikram Mahata

“The World is my home & India is my living room. I’m independent in my living room to explore,hoping someday I will also be able to explore my own home.”

20. Vijay Fafat, The Ninth Pawn of White – A Book of Unwritten Verses

“Never mourn the loss of a map.
There remains a world to discover.”

21. Sachin Kumar Puli

“The exploration of self is only enhanced by your expeditions & innumerable odysseys that nurture the mind and soul, if finding a purpose is your goal then travelling lies at the heart of it.”

22. Peter M. Hunt, The Lost Intruder, the Search for a Missing Navy Jet

“Although I owned a boat, I had no sonar, metal detector or any practical method of surveying the ocean bottom. With an incurable illness, no prospect of financial reward, little chance of success, brain surgery looming, and one child in college with another about to start, I was not in a position to spend thousands of dollars on a search. Still, desperate for a distraction, anything to pry my focus away from the disease, I decided—the hell with Parkinson’s. I’m doing it.”

23. Christopher C. Fuchs, The Depths of Redemption

“My battle with the forest depths was wholly lost, or so it seemed. My hand still shakes with the thought of how close I came to dying, for I felt the burning coldness of Death’s breath upon my face, and the whisper of sliding bones in my ear. But alas, I am still among the living, or so I believe.”

24. Kaylee Stepkoski

“Your next adventure begins on a book’s first page.”

25. Vikash Shrivastava

“There’s so much to explore rather to talk about religions.”

26. Steven Magee

“I am an explorer of the biological toxicity of high altitudes.”

27. Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

“From all that I saw,
and everywhere I wandered,
I learned that time cannot be spent,
It only can be squandered.”

28. Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

“The study of maps and the perusal of travel books aroused in me a secret fascination that was at times almost irresistible.”

29. J. Norman Collie

“The text-book is rare that stimulates its reader to ask, Why is this so? Or, How does this connect with what has been read elsewhere?”

30. Ken Poirot, Go Viral!: The Social Media Secret to Get Your Name Posted and Shared All Over the World!

“Explore your own innermost thoughts to create content that will evoke deeply relatable emotions and passion in others.”

31. Tahir Shah, Beyond The Devil’s Teeth

“Back at the guest house I tried to acclimatise. A travel-worn adventurer had once told me that leaning with one’s head dangling over the end of a bed was the best way to achieve this. It was while I was in this position, the blood rushing to my temples, that the door swung open.”

32. Ken Poirot, Go Viral!: The Social Media Secret to Get Your Name Posted and Shared All Over the World!

“Explore your inner creative genius through the medium you love and enjoy the journey!”

33. Anonymous

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

34. Anna Quindlen

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”

35. Andre Gide

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

36. Anonymous

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

37. IBN Battuta

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

38. Clint Borgen

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.”

39. Lin Yutang

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

40. Henry Miller

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
41. Paul Theroux

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

42. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

43. J.R.R. Tolkien

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

44. Anonymous

“I thought I had the world figured out, then I saw the world”

45. Shirley MacLaine

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”

46. Caskie Stinnett

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”

47. John A. Shedd

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”

48. Matthew Karsten

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”

49. Saint Augustine

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

50. Daranna Gidel

“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.”

51. Hilaire Belloc

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

52. Susan Heller

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”

53. Anonymous

“Explore the unseen

54. Anonymous

“Never stop exploring.”

55. Anonymous

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

56. Anonymous

“Go outside and explore.”

57. Tim Fargo

“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.”

58. Anonymous

“The world is yours to explore.”

59. Anonymous

“Never lose your sense of wonder.”

60. Anonymous

“It’s a big world out there, go explore.”

61. Anonymous

“Not all classrooms have four walls.”

62. Anonymous

“Explore, dream and explore.”

63. Frank Borman

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.”

64. T.S.Eliot

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

65. Laurel Bleadon Maffei

“We were meant to explore this earth like children do, unhindered by fear, propelled by curiosity and a sense of discovery. Allow yourself to see the world through new eyes and know there are amazing adventures here for you.”

66. Don Walsh

“Exploration is curiosity put into action.”

67. T.S.Eliot

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

68. Bear Grylls

“I work on the principle that each day I am going to work for 24 hours until my eyes bleed – anything less is a bonus.”

69. Dean Karnazes

“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run… to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.”

70. Fridtjof Nansen

“I demolish my bridges behind me – then there is no choice but forward.”

71. Ed Stafford

“It was in fact, a lot of people telling me that it was impossible to walk the entire length of the Amazon that spurred me on even more. As soon as they said ‘that’s impossible,’ it made me want to prove them wrong.”

72. Ranulph Fiennes

“With fear, you must prevent, not cure. Fear must not be allowed to take hold in the first place. If you are in a canoe, never listen to the roar of the rapid ahead before you let go of the river bank. Just do it!”

73. Jacques Cousteau

“Every morning I wake up saying, I’m still alive; a miracle. And so I keep on pushing.”

74. Junko Tabei

“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others. It rises from your heart.”

75. Richard Branson

“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.”

76. George Mallory

“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”

77. Amelia Earhart

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

78. William Feather

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

79. Jaime Lyn

“Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.”

80. Steve Pavlina

“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.”

81. Jawaharial Nehru

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

82. Sue Fitzmaurice

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”

83. Jack Kerouac

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

84. Helen Keller

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

85. Irving Wallace

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.”

86. Paul Coelho

“If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.”

87. Wilfred Peterson

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”

88. Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

89. Bear Grylls

“Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.”

90. Neale Donald Walsch

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

91. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.”

92. Richard Aldington

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.”

93. Joseph Campbell

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”

94. Mark Jenkins

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.”
95. Marty Rubin

“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.”

96. Sir Wilfred Thesiger

“For me, exploration was a personal venture. I did not go to the Arabian Desert to collect plants nor to make a map; such things were incidental. At heart I knew that to write or even to talk of my travels was to tarnish the achievement. I went there to find peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert peoples…It is not the goal but the way there that matters, and the harder the way the more worthwhile the journey.”

97. Thornton Wilder

“When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”

98. Anthony Bourdain

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

99. Edward Abbey

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”

100. Oscar Wilde

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.”

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