Exploring yourself in the mountains, on the road, or even just sitting in meditation is nothing new. Finding out what you're made of, who you are, or what you can handle has been something that almost every human has yearned for.
Here are a few of our favorite quotes to help you on your way:
- "There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experience of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate, no cosmic catastrophe can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if for one moment in eternity we have really lived." - Eric Shipton, Upon That Mountain, 1943
- “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” ― Yogi Bhajan
- “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” - J. Krishnamurti
- “The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” - Carlos Castaneda
- “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – CS Lewis
- “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” - HH The Dalai Lama XIV
- “Adventures do occur, but not punctually. Life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate.” - E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” - John Muir
- “The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no 'meaning,' they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day.” - Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility; and I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind." - Marcus Aurelius
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