40 Nature Quotes to Inspire You to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

"Leave the road, take the trails."

No matter the season, there are so many reasons to get out in nature. There's fresh air, awesome animals, plus the feelings of peace and centeredness that stay with you for days after a long walk or hike. If you need more inspiration to get some fresh air, we've rounded up the best quotes about nature. From nuggets of wisdom written by everyone from John Muir to Henry David Thoreau, these nature quotes will inspire you to leave the house and hit the trail. Happy hiking!

Nature Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust 

  1. Leave the road, take the trails. — Pythagoras
  2. "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy." ― Sylvia Plath
  3. "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." — Lao Tzu
  4. "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
  5. Normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow. — Vincent van Gogh
  6.  "It was for the best, so Nature had no choice but to do it." – Marcus Aurelius
  7. Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." ― Jon Krakauer
  8. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Most people are on the world, not in it. — John Muir
  10. An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.— Henry David Thoreau
  11. "I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness." ― Aldo Leopold
  12. "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." ― Henry David Thoreau
  13.  "I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?" — Vincent van Gogh
  14. "My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature." — Claude Monet
  15. "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."― Margaret Atwood
  16. "The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences." ― Jon Krakauer
  17.  "I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." — John Muir
  18. "In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful." — Alice Walker
  19. Nature does nothing uselessly. — Aristotle
  20.  "If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees." — Rainer Maria Rilke

Beautiful Quotes About Nature

  1. "Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." — Hans Christian Anderson
  2. "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." — Rachel Carson
  3. "The poetry of the earth is never dead."  — John Keats
  4. "I think nature's imagination is so much greater than man's, she's never going to let us relax." — Richard Feynman
  5.  "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. " — Robert Frost
  6. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. — Henry David Thoreau
  7. Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. —Gary Snyder
  8. "The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't." — Christopher Paolini
  9. "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." — Anthony J. D'Angelo
  10. "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." — Frank Lloyd Wright
  11. Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. I never saw a discontented tree. —John Muir
  13. All good things are wild and free. — Henry David Thoreau
  14. "One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls." — Jack Kerouac
  15. The earth has its music for those who will listen. — George Santanaya
  16. "Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy." — Magda Boulet
  17. "To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part."  — Aldo Leopold
  18. "Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits." — Cindy Ross
  19. "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." — Beverly Sills
  20. "It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way." — Cheryl Strayed

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