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

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

Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.     

Terry Pratchett

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Water, water, water....There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.     

Edward Abbey

The desert and the ocean are realms of desolation on the surface. The desert is a place of bones, where the innards are turned out, to desiccate into dust.     

Vera Nazarian

The thing about tears is that they can be as quiet as a cloud floating across the desert sky.     

Benjamin Alire Saenz

They took it for granted that if they went he would go also, but really they scarcely cared. Thus children are ever so ready, when novelty knocks, to desert their dearest ones.     

J.M. Barrie

The desert could not be claimed or owned–it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names... Its caravans, those strange rambling feasts and cultures, left nothing behind, not an ember. All of us, even those with European homes and children in the distance, wished to remove the clothing of our countries. It was a place of faith. We disappeared into landscape.     

Michael Ondaatje

Life, deal gently with her ... Love, never desert her     

L.M. Montgomery

The planet’s famous red colour is from iron oxide coating everything. So it’s not just a desert. It’s a desert so old it’s literally rusting.     

Andy Weir

The field of the soul must be watered by the rain with tears of love; otherwise it will become a desert.     

Sorin Cerin

But in the desert, in the pure clean atmosphere, in the silence – there you can find yourself. And unless you begin to know yourself, how can you even begin to search for God?     

Father Dioscuros

The vastness of the desert frightened her. Everything looked too far away, even the cloudless sky. There was nowhere you could hide in such emptiness.     

James Carlos Blake

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

Floriano Martins

In the desert, the only god is a well.     

Vera Nazarian

The desert was bad, but nothing could compare with the horrors of a tropical rain forest.     

Tahir Shah

The desert sings of loss, always loss, and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed, it will grieve you too.     

Nafiza Azad

At such moments felt my mind wake up with the temptation of life gathering courage for flowering beauty even in the desert of living.     

Suman Pokhrel

The desert still has a memory of water. And that memory is a living thing. It is infused into the sand. It is part of its essence.     

Thomas Lloyd Qualls

No law. No order. No time or space. Danger was the desert’s breath, and the landscape changed with every wind.     

Zita Steele

Nothing is all bad. There are very beautiful flowers in the desert amidst the spikes and thorns. Just don't let them take over. In the garden of love there is little room for prickly things.     

Kate McGahan

I like to think of the desert as just a big beach without water.     

Andy Heyward

Already I have dropped back into the desert as if it were my own place. Silence and solitude all around me like an impenetrable veil. Sleep more profound that civilization contrives. And then, the roadless desert, again.     

Werner Herzog

Good Springs, in the Nevada desert, where water is life and the desert is death.      

Wells Root

A third of the land on our planet is desert. These great scars on the face of the Earth     

David Attenborough

Cry for the desert / I will tremble and receive His pain / Die for the desert / I will pour my life on this terrain.     

Twila Paris

The sun was rising / The day was saddled up to go / The desert is a lonely night for disappear     

Jonathan Wilson

The rain in flowers through the desert sky / Is wiser then you and me / The birds now go east / But still miss a sleep / And the desert raven he has palm trees     

Jonathan Wilson

If the earth is up above us stars are down below / If there are daisies in the desert roses in the snow     


Cactus plants are bloomin', sagebrush every where / Granite spires are standin' all around / I tell you folks it's Heaven, to be ridin' down the trail / When the desert sun goes down     

Gene Autry

Somewhere north of heaven / Where eagles fear to fly / Where the sun burns hot as the devil's gate / The desert meets the sky     

Paul Nelson

Suffers who suffer all / Can swim upon the desert / Where avarice have ravaged all     

Chris Scott Wagner

It was a dry wind / And it swept across the desert / And it curled into the circle of birth / And the dead sand     

Forere Motlhoheloa

Green pastures of plenty from dry desert ground / From the Grand Coulee Dam where the waters run down     

Woody Guthrie

My poor feet have traveled a hot dusty road / Out of your Dust Bowl and westward we rolled / And your deserts were hot and your mountain was cold     

Woody Guthrie

Stars are brighter / In the desert sky / No need to wonder or justify     

Amanda Marshall

Heavenly places we seek to find / Here lies a desert / With spirits running dry     


The desert air is hot and dry / Two lanes weaving earth and sky / The stars are all that's keeping time till morning     

Litvin Kaplansky

And the white sand begins / Among the rocks. / The wheeling eagles mocked me high there from the skies, / The red blast of the desert wind     

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

The coolness of the evening breeze, / caresses her high-boned cheeks, / dreamy, almond eyes stare toward the / parched mountains of the desert, / beyond any highway signs and / sun-baked roads.     

Sonia Walker

The farmer works, the bull cries loud, / For all they want is a rain yielding cloud. / The desert's shrub though green in color, / Will attract scores of rain yet to come, / For mere fulfillment of the empty drum.     

Nikhil Parekh

The brown crusty surface of the desert soil, / Can always be ploughed by hard turmoil.     

Nikhil Parekh

Only a greater stillness in the air, / Save for hot sighs of desert-heated breath, / Only the stars, ceasing their sleepless stare, / Only the east, rose-flushing, fresh from death.     

Ernest Favenc

The desert foxes hide in holes, / The jackal seeks his lair; / The sombre rocks, like reddening coals, / Glow lurid in the glare.     

Mathilde Blind

Deserts occur along western coasts because their climates are influenced by nearly eastern boundary currents.     

Michael Allaby

Sandy deserts certainly exist, but most deserts are not vast oceans of sand. They are rocky, with a hard surface covered with stones and gravel and outcrops of bare rock.     

Michael Allaby

Deserts are windy places and over thousands of years the wind blows away all the dust and sand.     

Michael Allaby

In some deserts there are rocks carved by the wind into fantastic shapes. The sand must go somewhere, of course. It piles up to form dunes, but the dunes are constantly shifting as the restless wind ceaselessly rearranges the landscape.     

Michael Allaby

Nor are all deserts hot. Even those that are hot by day are often cold at night, but some deserts are cold for most of the time.     

Michael Allaby

There are also deserts lying beside coasts, where fog is common but rain is extremely rare.     

Michael Allaby

Other deserts are icy wilderness, no less windy and arid--despite the snow and ice that covers the ground and the screaming blizzards of blown snow that reduce the world to a uniform whiteness.     

Michael Allaby

Deserts, both hot and cold, are also home to people who have found ways to thrive in them.     

Michael Allaby

Deserts are barren, inhospitable places. The very word conjures an image of featureless and dunes stretching beautiful but terrible for as far as the eye can see.     

Michael Allaby

We affect the desert and desert affects us. Deserts are an integral part of the story of humanity and thus are the object of fascination for many of us.     

Michael A. Mares

Until now there has been no single source that addresses all the complex factors that constitute desert ecosystem.     

Michael A. Mares

Among the major challenges facing desert organisms are also water, salt balance, light , and temperature.     

Michael A. Mares

A desert, which might be considered the antithesis of the sea, actually poses similar challenges to the evolution of life.     

Michael A. Mares

Human and deserts have been inextricably linked across the ages, and it is important that we understand these marvelous areas, for they are a major component in the world.     

Michael A. Mares

Deserts have been important throughout human history. The cradle of civilization is located in a dryland situated near the confluence of two great rivers.     

Michael A. Mares

Deserts have been the scene for the development of great religious (Religion in Deserts) and theaters for great wars.     

Michael A. Mares

Deserts make a major contribution to the remarkable nature of our planet and provide a home for innumerable species that are unknown outside the boundaries of arid lands.     

Michael A. Mares

Far from being wastelands, deserts are habitats that are filled with unique forms of life.     

Michael A. Mares

One popular view of a desert is that of a wasteland containing mainly snakes and scorpions and a few sparse plants, but the world's deserts are rich in both animals and plants.     

Michael A. Mares

Deserts and semideserts may support vast fields of dunes, extensive gallery forests, space scrublands, and salt lakes.     

Michael A. Mares

Many desert species bloom in the late winter; others flower in spring or fall.     

Michael A. Mares

Deserts embrace a huge variety of conditions. There are hot deserts and cold deserts, sandy deserts and rocky deserts, foggy deserts and sunny deserts, barren deserts and lush, verdant parts of deserts.     

Nick Middleton

Deserts are found at high altitudes and below sea level, on coastlines and deep inside continental interiors. They are places of romance, and of hardship, of deep spirituality and dazzling natural beauty.     

Nick Middleton

Deserts include vast areas of stark wilderness and large, densely populated cities with every modern amenity.     

Nick Middleton

People has been inextricably linked with deserts since time immemorial. Crucial early developments in agriculture and the rise of the city took place in the deserts of the Middle East, the 'cradle of civilization'.     

Nick Middleton

The world's deserts have been perceived as places of magnificence and mystery, silence and contemplation, inspiring novelists, poets, artists, and film-makers, and acting as the birth place for three of the world's great religions.     

Nick Middleton

The irregular dynamics of desert life can make these environments seem marginal in many respects.     

Nick Middleton

Deserts are among the regions most vulnerable to climate change, but their great global extent also means that an understanding of how deserts respond to change has implications for the planet as a whole and thus for every one of us.     

Nick Middleton

An artist's approach to deserts may be different from the stance taken by a scientist although, broadly, the two usually overlap geographically. It may, or may not, be surprising to learn that no universally accepted definition of the term 'desert' exists.     

Nick Middleton

Deserts are thirsty places. They get less than 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain a year. Still, these dry places are full of amazing animals.     

Alison Auch

Deserts have long captured our imaginations with their inaccessible and inhospitable nature. Even a casual visit to the desert will expose an individual to feelings of vastness, solitude, and one's own frailty.     

Fred Punzo

Your are struck by the awesome beauty of the desert landscape even as you view it in the relentless glare of the midday sun. It is at once a kaleidoscope of images, a land of contrasts and paradoxes.     

Fred Punzo

The desert landscape appears as if it has been stripped to its bare essentials with no room for frivolous decor.     

Fred Punzo

A desert is a particularly arid region of the planet where the vegetation cover is limited or almost absent and the fauna is scarce.     

Marco Stoppato

What you come to see on the surface is not what you come to know. Emptiness in the desert is the fullness of space, a fullness of space that eliminates time. The desert is time, exposed time, geologic time. One needs time in the desert to see.     

Terry Tempest Williams

Deserts are very dry places, but plants can still grow there. Desert plants collect and use water in special ways.     

Julie Penn