If you’re one of those rare souls that don’t live by the rules of society, it’s normal from time to time to ask yourself – Am I doing the right thing? In times like this, the best way to rekindle your fire is to read some wild quotes.
And if you’re not on the road to freedom yet, but you know this is who you are, and you need just a little bit of courage to take the dive. Yes, wild quotes are for you too. Because no matter what modern society tells us, it’s normal that some of us, the ones with restless souls, will never stop searching for freedom.
Here is my collection of quotes about the wild and wilderness. I handpicked those carefully, and I’m sure you’ll get inspired to break free from your comfort zone, push your limit and live the life of your dreams… and maybe visit a forest or two.
Best Wild Quotes
The following 10 quotes are the wildest ones for me. If you think I missed something, please let me know in the comments.
1 – “My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
– Mawlana Jalal-al-din Rumi
2 – “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.”
– Carrie Bradshaw
3 – “Some days I am more wolf than woman, and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild.”
– Nikita Gill
4 – “She was afraid of heights but she was much more afraid of never flying.”
– Atticus Poetry
5 – “Once the free spirit has taken hold of a man, there’s no way of getting it out of him.”
– Anton Chekhov
6 – “What good are wings without the courage to fly?”
– Atticus Poetry
7 – “I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.”
– Edith Sitwell
8 – “I think I like wildflowers best,” I explain. “They just grow wherever they want. No one has to plant them. And then their seeds blow in the wind and they find a new place to grow.”
– Rebecca Donovan
9 – “Wild things have restless wings that too often need to fly.”
– Michael Xavier
10 – “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
My Favourite Wild Quotes
I love all wild quotes! No, seriously, this theme resonates with me more than anything. If I had to pick ten favorites, though, here there are:
11 – “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
– Albert Camus
12 – “Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again. The world calls them its singers, poets, and story-tellers but they are just people who have not forgotten”.
– L.M. Montgomery
13 – “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
– John Muir
14 – “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
– Isabelle Eberhardt
15 – “As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote”
– Herman Melville
16 – “I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.”
– Alice Walker
17 – “No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom… No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild.”
– Christopher McCandless
18 – “Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.”
– John Eldredge
19 – “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you.”
– Stephen King
20 – “How wild it was, to let it be.”
– Cheryl Strayed
Short Wild Quotes
The following collection is perfect for an Instagram caption or even a tweet.
21 – “Go where you feel most alive.”
22 – “I am like a waterfall, wild and free.”
23 – “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
– Gary Snyder
24 – “Love her but leave her wild.”
– Atticus Poetry
25 – “The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”
– Nancy Newhall
26 – “I had diverged, digressed, wandered, and become wild.”
– Cheryl Strayed
27 – “I am the wilderness lost in man.”
– Mervyn Peake
28 -“I am living breathing freedom.”
– Hiroko Sakai
29 – “This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.”
– David Lynch
30 – “The earth laughs in flowers.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
More Wild Quotes
Yes, there are even more wild quotes in my collection! I couldn’t put them in any of the previous themes, but they are still awesome!
31 – “Wildflowers can’t be controlled, and neither can the girl with a soul boundless as the sky, and a spirit as free and wild as the ocean.”
– Melody Lee, Moon Gypsy
32 – “But you, children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed.”
– Kahlil Gibran
33 – “The wild woman has a deep love of nature, a love for the ancient mother, though possibly misunderstood, it has always been in her. When she goes into the wilderness a part of her soul is going home.”
34 – “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed, and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.”
– Henry David Thoreau
35 – “Not all girls are made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear. “
36 – “Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
– Terry Tempest Williams.
37 – “I’m not a bird. No net will ensnare me. I’m a human being that has her own independent will.”
– Charlotte Bronte
38 – “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
– Edward Abbey
39 – “Release your majestic mind, embrace your untamed inner spirit. Break free from captivity, avoid society… You were born to be free.”
– Melanie Mueller
40 – “Our drive, our ruggedness, our unquenchable optimism and zeal and elan go back to the challenges of the untrammeled wilderness.”
– Harvey Broome.
41 – “The wild winds called to her soul and through the ground she felt the thundering hooves of freedom.”
42 – “There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.”
– Hubert H. Humphrey
43 – “Why this cult of wilderness?… because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger.”
– Edward Abbey
44 – “Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world.”
– Munia Khan
45 – “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”
– Rachel Carson
46 – “Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
47 – “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
– Roman Payn
48 – I am a part of the group of wild ones, us women who speak to the moon. We crave passion, live with a wide-open heart, and we wear our hearts on our sleeves too. Often told we are too much, but taming our spirit isn’t something we’ll ever do. Love us as we are, we create our own rules.”
– Nikki Rowe
49 – “Some of us are drawn to mountains the way the moon draws the tide. Both the great forests and the mountains live in my bones. They have taught me, humbled me, purified me and changed me.”
– Joan Halifax
50 – “My inner landscape? It’s pure wilderness, darling, and the wolves are running.”
– Jeanette LeBlanc
That’s all from me, I hope you enjoyed my collection of inspirational wild quotes!
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