96+ Best Wilderness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Wilderness is an area of land that has not been used to grow crops or had towns and roads built on it. Profoundly inspirational wilderness quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Wilderness Quotes

In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life. John Muir

We need the tonic of wildness. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. Henry David Thoreau

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! John Muir

I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness. Aldo Leopold

None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild. John Muir

Thousands of tired, nerve shaken, over civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. John Muir

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. John Muir

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. Chris Maser

Going to the mountains is going home. John Muir

Sometimes when you lose your way, you find yourself. Mandy Hale

Earth has no sorrow that earth cannot heal. John Muir

Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Wander a whole summer if you can time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will definitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal. John Muir

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. John Muir

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed  We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. Wallace Stegner

To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. Terry Tempest Williams

If Music is a Place then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. Vera Nazarian

Leave the roads; take the trails. Pythagoras

Wildness is the preservation of the World. Henry David Thoreau

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

There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties. John Muir

Choose only one master nature. Rembrandt

To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part. Aldo Leopold

Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul. Jaime Lyn Beatty

Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction so easy to lapse into that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us. Robert MacFarlane

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. But this is the first and great commandment nonetheless. Even in the wilderness especially in the wilderness you shall love him. Frederick Buechner

Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this the wilderness had a clarity that included me. Cheryl Strayed

The sea is a desert of waves, A wilderness of water. Langston Hughes

The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it. No place for greed or anger there. Pha Pachak

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. Jimmy Carter

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

A thousand times, people may have touched each other, but never ever sensed a single vein of oneness or complicity in the wilderness of their inner world, since obdurate mental impediments have been barricading the road to understanding and propinquity. Erik Pevernagie

Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit. Edward Abbey

The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask. Nancy Newhall

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

All conservation of wildness is self defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish. Aldo Leopold

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love can be a land of wilderness, a wasteland of lost dreams in the backwoods of our muddled emotions, or it can be a heaven of ecstasy with an abundance of surrender, resplendent with acceptance and dependability. Erik Pevernagie

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We had no choice. Sadness was a dangerous as panthers and bears. the wilderness needs your whole attention. Laura Ingalls Wilder

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was like hiking into a Hemingway story; everything was sepia toned and bristling with subtext. Leslie What

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man always kills the thing he loves, and so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map? Aldo Leopold

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had learnt the satisfaction which comes from hardship and the pleasure which derives from abstinence; the contentment of a full belly; the richness of meat; the taste of clean water; the ecstasy of surrender when the craving of sleep becomes a torment; the warmth of a fire in the chill of dawn. Wilfred Thesiger

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Devoted though we must be to the conservation cause, I do not believe that any of us should give it all of our time or effort or heart. Give what you can, but do not burn yourselves out or break your hearts. Let us save at least half of our lives for the enjoyment of this wonderful world which still exists. Leave your dens, abandon your cars and walk out into the great mountains, the deserts, the forests, the seashores. Those treasures still belong to all of us. Enjoy them to the full, stretch your legs, expand your lungs, enliven your hearts and we will outlive the greedy swine who want to destroy it all in the name of what they call growth. God bless America let’s save some of it.  Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet! Edward Abbey

To a dull mind all of nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything belonged to him. It made me hold my breath in expectation of hearing the wilderness burst into prodigious peal of laughter that would shake the fixed stars in their places. Joseph Conrad

The earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing. I suppose some will wish to debate whether it is important to keep these primitive arts alive. I shall not debate it. Either you know it in your bones, or you are very, very old. Aldo Leopold

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And this is what happened, ands this is why the caribou and the wolf are one; for the caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong. Farley Mowat

We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. Paulo Coehlo

Maybe freedom really is nothing left to lose. You had it once in childhood, when it was okay to climb a tree, to paint a crazy picture and wipe out on your bike, to get hurt. The spirit of risk gradually takes its leave. It follows the wild cries of joy and pain down the wind, through the hedgerow, growing ever fainter. What was that sound? A dog barking far off? That was our life calling to us, the one that was vigorous and undefended and curious. Peter Heller

The journey is always towards the other soul. D. H. Lawrence

It is a commonplace of all religious thought, even the most primitive, that the man seeking visions and insight must go apart from his fellows and love for a time in the wilderness. Loren Eiseley

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin

I am the wilderness lost in man. Mervyn Peake

Camping is not a date; it’s an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home. Yvonne Prinz

All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream. T. K. Whipple

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

I thought of the wilderness we had left behind us, open to sea and sky, joyous in its plenitude and simplicity, perfect yet vulnerable, unaware of what is coming, defended by nothing, guarded by no one. Edward Abbey

Come with me, where dreams are born and time is never planned. James Matthew Barrie

Some of us are drawn to mountains the way the moon draws the tide. Both the great forests and the mountains live in my bones. They have taught me, humbled me, purified me and changed me. Joan Halifax

The universe just fucking knows when souls are wired to wreck the world together! Erin Van Vuren

If we are to have a culture as resilient and competent in the face of necessity as it needs to be, then it must somehow involve within itself a ceremonious generosity toward the wilderness of natural force and instinct. The farm must yield a place to the forest, not as a wood lot, or even as a necessary agricultural principle but as a sacred grove  a place where the Creation is let alone, to serve as instruction, example, refuge; a place for people to go, free of work and presumption, to let themselves alone. Wendell Berry

You are only free when you realize you belong no place you belong every place no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. Brené Brown

Wilderness to the people pf America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium. Sigurd Olson

Courage is forged in pain, but not in all pain. Pain that is denied or ignored becomes fear or hate. Brené Brown

The whole concept of wild was decidedly European, one not shared by the original inhabitants of this continent. What we called wilderness was to the Indian a homeland, abiding loveliness in Salish or Piegan. The land was not something to be feared or conquered, and wildlife were neither wild nor alien; they were relatives. Doug Peacock

True belonging is not passive. It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are. Brené Brown

Nature is an outcry, unpolished truth; the art a euphemism tamed wilderness. Dejan Stojanovic

Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. Brené Brown

There is language going on out there the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps all have meaning derived over eons of expression. We have yet to become fluent in the language and music of the wild. Boyd Norton

Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone, totally alone. Brené Brown

Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen. Suzy Kassem

No one belongs here more than you. Brené Brown

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 was sublime 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

A wild heart is not something you can always see and yet it is our greatest spiritual possession. Brené Brown

Why is it that we don’t worry about a compass until we’re lost in a wilderness of our own making? Craig D. Lounsbrough

We all have to find our own way deep into the wild. Brené Brown

Until humans came and made anthills out of these mountains, Diwan Sahib was saying, looking up at the langurs, the land had belonged to these monkeys, and to barking deer, nilgai, tiger, barasingha, leopards, jackals, the great horned owl, and even to cheetahs and lions. The archaeology of the wilderness consisted of these lost animals, not of ruined walls, terracotta amulets, and potsherds. Anuradha Roy

A soft and open front is not being weak; it’s being brave, it’s being the wilderness. Brené Brown

Since well before the Kung’s engine noise first penetrated the forest, a conversation of sorts has been unfolding in this lonesome hollow. It is not a language like Russian or Chinese but it is a language nonetheless, and it is older than the forest. The crows speak it; the dog speaks it; the tiger speaks it, and so do the men some more fluently than others. John Vaillant

True belonging has no bunkers. We have to step out from behind the barricades of self preservation and brave the wild. Brené Brown

Lured by the wilderness, and by the chance of spotting rare desert elephants, a few intrepid tourists make their way to the Skeleton Coast each year. It’s just about as remote as any tourist destination on earth, but one that pays fabulous dividends. Tahir Shah

If you think adventure is dangerous try routine, it’s lethal. Paulo Coelho

You can stretch to your fullest in this land, Emma, and not touch any edges. There’s no dream too big for the wilderness. I’d hate to see it tamed and carved up into little fiefdoms. Alice Valdal

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