Wilderness Sayings and Quotes

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


Wilderness is a necessity there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.     

John Muir

The wilderness is a place of an encounter with the creator.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

In the wilderness is the salvation of the world.     

Henry David Thoreau

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.     

Alan Alda

If wilderness is outlawed, only outlaws can save wilderness.     

Edward Abbey

Many people go into the wilderness to experience it, and if they experience it in comfort, there's very little in a literary sense for them to write about.     

Tim Cahill

Wilderness without wildlife is just scenery.     

Lois Crisler

The wilderness provides an environment for a child's inner life to develop because it requires him to be constantly aware of his surroundings.     

Leslie Stephen

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.     

John Muir

Wilderness is harder and harder to find these days on this beautiful planet, and we're abusing our planet to the point of almost no return.     

Betty White

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.     

Edward Abbey

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.     

Jack Kerouac

When it comes to wilderness animals we have to make an effort to preserve what areas we can that they can be themselves in. Its come to a point though, clearly, where some species have to be cared for by humans if they are not going to disappear altogether.     

Matthew Fox

In truth wilderness is a state of mind and heart. Very little exists now in actuality.     

Ansel Adams

Wilderness gave us knowledge. Wilderness made us human. We came from here. Perhaps that is why so many of us feel a strong bond to this land called serengeti; it is the land of our youth.     

Boyd Norton

The wilderness is a place that every believer has to experience to be molded for their divine purpose.     

E'yen A. Gardner

The reason we need wilderness is because we are really wild animals. Every man needs a place he can go, to go crazy in peace. Only then can we return to man's other life, to the other way, to the order and sanity and beauty of what will somewhere be, unless all visions are false, the human community.     

Edward Abbey

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.     

Edward Abbey

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.     

James Russell Lowell

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.     

Charles A. Lindbergh

Wilderness touches the heart, mind and soul of each individual in a way known only to himself.     

Michael Frome

It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe.     

Ursula K Le Guin

Without wilderness, we will eventually lose the capacity to understand America. Our drive, our ruggedness, our unquenchable optimism and zeal and élan go back to the challenges of the untrammeled wilderness.     

Harvey Broome

The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.     

Theodore Roosevelt

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.     

Samuel Butler

You may feel like a voice in the wilderness, but it is your voice we are waiting to hear...you are the determining factor.     

Neale Donald Walsch

In the wilderness, we experience the faithfulness of God.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach. It is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need if only we had the eyes to see.     

Edward Abbey

The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.     

Nancy Newhall

Wildness is the preservation of the world.     

Henry David Thoreau