Here are a handful of my favorite quotes about adventure and living life:
Not all those who wander are lost.
Endeavor to live the life you have imagined
Adventure begins where the certainty of survival leaves off. -Christian Beckwith, writer in Men’s Journal Magazine, October 2009
From a book called “Deep Survival” out of a chapter about a man named Steve Callahan after about 50+ days on a liferaft adrift in the Atlantic ocean, starving and struggling mightily to survive: “He sees a rainbow and writes, ‘I feel as if I am passing down the corridor of a heavenly vault of irreproducible grandeur and color.’ He saw that to lose everything at the edge of such a glorious eternity is far sweeter than to win by plodding through a cautious, painless, and featureless life. And that, of course, is why people undertake adventures such as solo voyages of the Atlantic to begin with. The true survivor isn’t someone with nothing to lose. He has something precious to lose. But at the same time, he’s willing to bet it all on himself. And it makes what he has that much richer. Days stolen are always sweeter than days given.”
It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
From G.K.Chesterton on Courage:
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. The paradox is the whole principle of courage, even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to live, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.
John Templeton once wrote, “A successful life depends less on how long you live than on how much you can pack into the time you have. If you can find a way to make every day an adventure – even if it’s only a matter of walking down an unfamiliar street or ordering an untried cut of meat – you will find that your life becomes more productive, richer, and more interesting. You also become more interesting to others.”
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
If you can fall in love with just one thing about him, her, them, it, or you, just once a day, and speak it aloud, you’ll be surprised at how quickly this will transform your entire life.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.
– Hermann Hesse
Adventurous men enjoy shipwrecks, mutinies, earthquakes, conflagrations, and all sorts Of unpleasant experiences. They say to themselves, for example, ‘so this is what an earthquake is like,’ and it gives them pleasure to have their knowledge of the world increased by this new item.
If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
-Henry David Thoreau
The secret of reaping the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
After waking from a poor night’s sleep on the Appalachian Trail: “There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep and that was nothing like a good night’s sleep.”
-Katz, as quoted by Bill Bryson in “A Walk in the Woods”
“The taskmaster premium By Seth Godin
How much are you paying for the privilege of having someone else tell you what to do?
Example: if you go to your gym and work out for an hour, the cost of that session is zero.
Hire a personal trainer to follow you around and give you instructions and that’s $70.
If you take a job as a freelancer writer doing short service pieces on assignment to a local paper, you might earn $3 an hour. Which is about 97% less than you’d earn if, like some writers, you dream up amazing pieces, write them on spec and turn them into blogs, books or films. This writer doesn’t wait to get hired. He hires himself.
If you do publicity for an agency, working hard and precisely following the VP’s and the client’s instructions, you might earn $25 an hour. On the other hand, when you do your own PR, when you build a sensation and turn it into a following, you might earn many times that. (And enjoy it more).
Work for a coal mine and make minimum wage. Discover a coal mine and never need to work again.
We happily give up our freedom and our income in exchange for having someone else take responsibility for telling us what to do next.
How much are you giving up?”
The secret to happiness is freedom
and the secret to freedom is courage.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
-George Bernard Shaw
Fairy tales are more than true. Not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.