41 Best Hiking Quotes: From the Corny to the Inspirational - Greenbelly Meals

41 Best Hiking Quotes: From the Corny to the Inspirational

Classic hiking quotes from John Muir, deep thoughts from Henry David Thoreau, common thru-hiker phrases and some downright corny lines from the community.

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1. "Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world." - Bears

2. "Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow." - Henry David Thoreau

3. "Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.” - Earl Shaffer

4. "After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value." - G.M. Trevelyan

5. Bop Peoples (famous Appalachian Trail Angel) quotes from Reddit:

a. "Bob Peoples got bit by a zombie. The zombie turned human and started building switchbacks." 
b. "Bob Peoples got bit by a rattlesnake. After 3 days of agonizing pain, the snake died." 
c. "Bears hang Bob Peoples' bags."

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6. “A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.” - Edward Abbey

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

8. "The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

9. "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

10. “Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” - Carrie Latet

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11. "Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken." - Frank Herbert

12. "It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary

13. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” - John Muir

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

15. "A vagrant is everywhere at home." - Martial

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16. "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

17. "I have two doctors, my left leg and my right." - G.M. Trevelyan

18. "Fall down seven times and stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb

19. "Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." - Walt Whitman

20. “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top.” - Anonymous

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21. "Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." - Hermann Buhl

22. "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir

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

24. "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." - Aristotle

25. "If you’re going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

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26. "You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing." - Sir Edmund Hillary

27. "They are able who think they are able." - Virgil

28. "The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir

29. "We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down." - Robert Sweetgall

30. "To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live." - Tenzing Norgay

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31. "If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker." - A Bitter Hiker

32. "Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread." - Edward Abbey

33. "Anywhere is 'within walking distance'." - Anonymous Hiker

34. "Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street." - William Blake

35. "Hike Your Own Hike." - Thru-Hiker

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36. "Walking is a man's best medicine." - Hippocrates

37. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” - Frank A. Clark

38. "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

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

40. “DEET is nature's cologne.” - Every Hiker

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41. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

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By Chris Cage
Chris launched Greenbelly Meals in 2014 after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail for 6 months. Since then, Greenbelly has been written up by everyone from Backpacker Magazine and Bicycling Magazine to Fast Company and Science Alert. He recently wrote How to Hike the Appalachian Trail and currently works from his laptop all over the globe.

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