Desert Sayings and Quotes

While often used as a backdrop in movies for the worst place to be stranded, deserts can be quite beautiful. Maybe it’s the cacti or beautiful sunsets that make arid regions seem magical. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and inspirational desert quotes.

The immense desert, empty as a bird's wing, inspired him with promise.     

Mike Bond

The desert surrounds your every step and you walk forever a thirsty man.     

Christopher Pike

In the desert, the line between life and death is sharp and quick.     

Brian Herbert

You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst.     

William Langewiesche

The desert shatters the soul's arrogance and leaves body and soul crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die.     

Dan B. Allender

The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body.     

Jean Baudrillard

The desert, when the sun comes up. I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.     

Tom Hanks

If the desert allows the trees to proliferate, the desert shall disappear! Therefore the desert has no choice but to be the enemy of the trees!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

I have this personal affinity for the desert. I am fascinated by the desert. I love it.     

Erika Slezak

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air.     

Paul Hoffman

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.     

Edward Abbey

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.     

Antoine de Saint

The desert sharpened the sweet ache of his longing, amplified it, gave shape to it in sere geology and clean slant of light.     

Jon Krakauer

Nothing the desert produces expresses it better than the unhappy growth of the tree yuccas.     

Mary Hunter Austin

In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen.     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Madness plants mirrors in the desert. I find the means frightening.     

Floriano Martins

Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert.     

Frank Herbert

The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.     

Jan Majernik

The vast sage desert undulates with almost imperceptible tides like the oceans.     

Frank Waters

This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought.     

T. E. Lawrence

Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul.     

Edward Counsel

The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God.     

Carlo Carreto

Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?     

William Shakespeare

That undefined and mingled hum, Voice of the desert never dumb!     

James Hogg

A desert is a place without expectation.     

Nadine Gordimer

There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.     


Son of the old moon-mountains African! Stream of the pyramid and crocodile! We call thee fruitful, and that very while a desert, fills our seeing's inward span.     

John Keats