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Inspirational Quotes for Hikers

Why do I love to hike? What is it about getting into outdoors that adds such value to my life? Well, here's some quotes that help answer those questions:

pinecone icon Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
—George Washington Carver

pinecone icon There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.
—Paul Scott Mowrer

View north toward Mt. Baldy from Ontario Peak Trail, Cucamonga Wilderness, August 21, 2010 There's a song in the canyon below me
And a song in the pines overhead,
As the sunlight crawls down from the snowline
And rustles the deer from his bed.
With mountains of green all around me
And mountains of white up above
And mountains of blue down the ski-line,
I follow the trail that I love.
—Charles Badger Clark

pinecone icon Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountains.
—John Muir

pinecone icon I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
—John Burroughs

pinecone icon There is no exercise so beneficial, physically, mentally, or morally, nothing which gives so much of living for so little cost, as hiking our mountain and hill trails and sleeping under the stars.
—Will Thrall

Colby Trail, April 19, 2008 pine cone icon Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open roads
Healthy, free, the world before me.
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune.
Henceforth I whimper no more,
Postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms.
Strong and content I travel the open road.
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

pinecone icon Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

pinecone icon Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
—Amelia Erhard

pinecone icon Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
—John Muir

pinecone icon Away, away. from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs
To the silent wilderness
Where the soul need not repress Its music.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley, "To Jane: An Invitation," 1822

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
   There is a rapture on the lonely shore
      There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar
         I love not man less, but Nature more.
—Lord Byron

pinecone icon I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
—Joyce Kilmer, 1914

pinecone icon The most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the strangling clutch of mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness.
—Robert Marshall

pinecone icon The more civilized man becomes, the more he needs and craves a great background of forest wildness, to which he may return like a contrite prodigal from the husks of an artificial life.
—Ellen Burns Sherman

Keep close to nature's heart -- John Muir pinecone icon Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
—John Muir

pinecone icon Beyond the wall of the unreal city, beyond the security fences topped with barbed wire and razor wire, beyond the asphalt beltings of the superhighways, beyond the cemented banksides of our temporarily stopped and mutilated rivers, beyond the lies that poison the air, there is another world waiting for you. It is the old true world of the deserts, the mountains, the forests, the islands, the shores, the open plains. Go there. Be there. Walk gently and quietly deep within it. And then—may your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill. May the wind bring rain for the slickrock potholes fourteen miles on the other side of yonder blue ridge. May God's dog serenade your campfire, may the rattlesnake and the screech owl amuse your reverie, may the Great Sun dazzle your eyes by day and the Great Bear watch over you by night.
—Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside

pinecone icon 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

pinecone icon It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

pinecone icon Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.
—John Muir

pinecone icon Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!
—Dr. Seuss

Sunset The heavens declare the glory of God;
     the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
     night after night they display knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
     no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
     their words to the ends of the world.
—Psalm 19:1-4, NIV

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