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Adventure

  • ... adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit, like a gold rush or invading a country; for the illusion of being more alive than ordinarily, the thing you will to occur; but experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.

    • Katherine Anne Porter,
    • "St. Augustine and the Bullfight" (1955), The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings ()
  • Having adventures comes natural to some people. You just have a gift for them or you haven't.

  • Experiment has a stimulus which withers its fear.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • c. 1872, in Mabel Loomis Todd, ed., Letters of Emily Dickinson, vol. 2 ()
  • Adventure is not something you travel to find. It's something you take with you, or you're not going to find it when you arrive.

  • But settled things were enemies to me and soon lost their newness and color. The unknown called.

  • Adventure is our birthright.

  • Send me out into another life. But get me back for supper.

  • [On her stay in Turkey:] A woman in man's clothes, a woman on horseback — everything directly in opposition to their strongest prejudices, and yet never a smile of impertinence, let me go where I will. If it was as it is in England, it would quite impossible to get through with it all.

    • Lady Hester Stanhope,
    • 1812, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()
  • Unfortunately, like caffeine, adrenaline is addicting. And like any drug, it has three actions: the one you want, the one you don't want, and the one you don't know about.

  • There is no doubt that running away on a fresh, blue morning can be exhilarating.

  • Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring.

  • The great question of all choosers and adventurers is 'Was it worth while?' — and whatever else you may expect of life, don't expect an answer to that.

  • Nobody is ever met at the airport when beginning a new adventure. It's just not done.

  • It is in general the unexplored that attracts us ...

  • Hooray for the last grand adventure! I wish I had won, but it was worth while anyway.

    • Amelia Earhart,
    • 1928, letter to her father to be opened in case of her death, in Jean L. Backus, Letters From Amelia: 1901-1937 ()
  • Beauty and adventure have a certain value of their own which can be weighed only in spiritual scales.

  • Experiment! Meet new people. That's better than any college education. You will find the unexpected everywhere as you go through life. By adventuring about, you become accustomed to the unexpected. The unexpected then becomes what it really is — the inevitable.

  • Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

    • Amelia Earhart,
    • in Victoria Garrett Jones, Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight ()
  • What men call adventures usually consist of the stoical endurance of appalling daily misery.

  • ... going into a cave might be like going inside one's own mind, crawling around in the pitch-black, nook-and-crannied labyrinth of the human psyche.

  • ... caves so often symbolize rebirth. It's a hidden space, an expected, inscrutable space. Strange things live in there — eyeless salamanders, albino fish, a prophet's epiphanies.

  • The underground world is a unique scientific resource and a place of incredible beauty. It is also a very fragile environment that can be easily damaged. Caves are a nonrenewable natural resource. Unlike a forest that can be replanted with trees, caves can never be replaced once they have been harmed.

    • Nancy Holler Aulenbach,
    • in Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel A. Barton, with Marfél Ferguson Delano, Exploring Caves: Journeys Into the Earth ()
  • Sometimes no matter how well you prepare, no matter how conservative your decision making, no matter how few Y chromosomes are along on your trip, you can still find yourself in a mud slide or a hurricane without a dry piece of clothing to your name. But those of us who have given our time and usually our hearts to outdoorsmen over the years know that, for many of them, it's not really a wilderness trip unless, MacGyver-like, they have to make a fire out of a pair of shorts, a glow stick, and a ketchup bottle; it's not really an adventure until someone gets airlifted out.

  • The main trouble with this civilized world isn't that we adventure too much, but that we fail to adventure enough.

  • Wanderlust can be the most glorious thing in the world sometimes, but when it gnaws and pricks at your innards, especially in spring, with your hands and feet tied, it's awful.

  • The most splendid moment of an adventure is not always the moment of fulfilment, not even the moment of conception, but the moment of first accomplishment, when the adventurer deliberately sets his face toward the new road, knowing that his boats are burned.

  • Leaps over walls — especially when taken late in life — can be extremely perilous. To leap successfully, you need a sense of humor, the spirit of adventure and an unshakable conviction that what you are leaping over is an obstacle upon which you would otherwise fall down.