36+ Best Desert Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational desert quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Desert Quotes

I have this personal affinity for the desert. I am fascinated by the desert. I love it. – Erika Slezak

The immense desert, empty as a bird’s wing, inspired him with promise. – Mike Bond

Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads, they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way. – Terry Pratchett

The desert surrounds your every step and you walk forever a thirsty man. Christopher Pike

I have spent weeks in the desert, forgetting to look at the moon, he says, as a married man may spend days never looking into the face of his wife. These are not sins of omission but signs of pre-occupation. – Michael Ondaatje

In the desert, the line between life and death is sharp and quick. – Brian Herbert

Water, water, water….There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. – Edward Abbey

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air. – Paul Hoffman

It was a lone tree burning on the desert. A heraldic tree that the passing storm had left afire. The solitary pilgrim drawn up before it had traveled far to be here and he knelt in the hot sand and held his numbed hands out while all about in that circle attended companies of lesser auxiliaries routed forth into the inordinate day, small owls that crouched silently and stood from foot to foot and tarantulas and solpugas and vinegarroons and the vicious my gale spiders and beaded lizards with mouths black as a chow dog’s, deadly to man, and the little desert basilisks that jet blood from their eyes and the small sand vipers like seemly gods, silent and the same, in Jeda, in Babylon. A constellation of ignited eyes that edged the ring of light all bound in a precarious truce before this torch whose brightness had set back the stars in their sockets. – Cormac McCarthy

You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst. – William Langewiesche

The desert could not be claimed or owned–it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names… Its caravans, those strange rambling feasts and cultures, left nothing behind, not an ember. All of us, even those with European homes and children in the distance, wished to remove the clothing of our countries. It was a place of faith. We disappeared into landscape. – Michael Ondaatje

The desert shatters the soul’s arrogance and leaves body and soul crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die. – Dan B. Allender

Time has a different meaning for me, and these events that seem so monumental in the moment will one day be nothing more than a line in a scroll. These humans are but letters to be inked into history. A hundred years from now, I will be free. I will have forgotten their names and faces, and the struggles they have will not matter. Time has a way of burying things, shifting like the desert and swallowing entire civilizations, erasing them from map and memory. Always, in the end, everything returns to dust. – Jessica Khoury

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote. – Edward Abbey

He’d always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite. – Dorothy B. Hughes

Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping? William Shakespeare

I’d forgotten how enlivening it could feel, seeing clearly and far. Aridity frees light. It also unleashes grandeur. The earth here wasn’t cloaked in forest, nor draped in green. Green was pastoral, peaceful, mild. Desert beauty wassublime in the way that the romantic poets had used the word- not peaceful dales but rugged mountain faces, not reassuring but daunting nature, the earth’s skin and haunches, its spines and angles arching prehistorically in sunlight. – Julene Bair

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. – Antoine de Saint

Being in the desert was brilliant and it was hard. – Toni Collette

The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body. – Jean Baudrillard

The desert, when the sun comes up. I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped, and the Earth began. – Tom Hanks

The desert sharpened the sweet ache of his longing, amplified it, gave shape to it in sere geology and clean slant of light. – Jon Krakauer

Nothing the desert produces expresses it better than the unhappy growth of the tree yuccas. – Mary Hunter Austin

If the desert allows the trees to proliferate, the desert shall disappear! Therefore, the desert has no choice but to be the enemy of the trees! – Mehmet Murat ildan

That undefined and mingled hum, Voice of the desert never dumb! – James Hogg

In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen. – Mehmet Murat ildan

A desert is a place without expectation. – Nadine Gordimer

Madness plants mirrors in the desert. I find the means frightening. – Floriano Martins

Polish comes from the cities, wisdom from the desert. – Frank Herbert

The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God. – Jan Majernik

The vast sage desert undulates with almost imperceptible tides like the oceans. – Frank Waters

This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought. – T. E. Lawrence

Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul. – Edward Counsel

There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing. – David

Son of the old moon-mountains African! Stream of the pyramid and crocodile! We call thee fruitful, and that very while a desert, fills our seeing’s inward span. – John Keats

The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God. – Carlo Carreto

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