Grand Canyon Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old grand canyon quotes, grand canyon sayings, and grand canyon proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.     

Edward Abbey

It's not at all naturally human to see something like the Grand Canyon as beautiful.     

David Roberts

Every season has its peaks and valleys. What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon.     

Andy Van Slyke

There will never be a photograph of the Grand Canyon that can adequately describe its depth, breadth, and true beauty.     

Stefanie Payne

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.     

George Will

The Grand Canyon is carven deep by the master hand; it is the gulf of silence, widened in the desert; it is all time inscribing the naked rock; it is the book of earth.     

Donald C. Peattie

In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Trying to fill the God-sized hole in our hearts with things other than God is ike trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles.     

Peter Kreeft

The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse.     

John Wesley Powell

The glories and beauties of form, color and sound unite in the Grand Canyon - forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop; from cataract to bubbling fountain.     

John Wesley

You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.     

John Wesley Powell

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.     

John Wesley Powell

You can't say you're going to jump the Grand Canyon and then jump some other canyon.     

Evel Knievel

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.     

Don Marquis

It's like trying to describe what you feel when you're standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it's like.     

Harrison Schmitt

The Grand Canyon is living evidence of the power of water over a period of time. The power may not manifest immediately. Water can be very powerful, like a tidal wave.     

Frederick Lenz

If you are working, almost like with layers of the Grand Canyon, there's history within those layers.     

Leonardo Drew

Majestic doesn't appeal to us. We like the Grand Canyon better with Clarence and Arlene parked in front of it, smiling.     

Garrison Keillor

The Grand Canyon which yawns between the writer's concept of what he wants to capture in words and what comes through is a cruel abyss.     

Fannie Hurst