Quotes for the Wild Soul

quotes for the wild soul

In this post, I’ll share fifty quotes that have specifically emboldened, enlightened and enriched my wild soul. These are words that have, in one way or another, made a lasting impact on me – words that I live by. If you, too, are a wild soul, free spirit and wayfaring wanderess, then perhaps these words can inspire your journey as well! As you can assess, words are a huge part of my life as a writer and, thus, I appreciate the heck out of thought-provoking literature. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll stumble across a quote below that resonates deeply with your wild soul.

My hope is that these works will inspire others to: break free from their comfort zones; be unafraid; push their limits; have fun and live life to the fullest; follow their curiosity and never lose their wonderment; open their eyes to all the beauty in this world; learn from different cultures and “walk the footsteps of a stranger”; quietly observe the magic of wildlife; relish the joys of playing among the fresh air; get out there and MOVE all over this wondrous earth.

quotes for the wild soul




Wild Women & Free Spirits

“There’s a race of [wo]men that don’t fit in, A race that can’t sit still; So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will. They range the field and rove the flood, And they climb the mountain’s crest; Their’s is the curse of the gypsy blood, And they don’t know how to rest.”

– Robert Service

“I will howl with the wolves, soar above the eagles and roam wild with the Mustang. I will breathe life into the sunrise atop a mountain, bathe naked in the streams, dance in the sunset and love beneath the stars, traveling far and wide, seeking new experiences with those who dare to run with the wind, dare to touch the storm that is me…”

-Virginia Alison

“This is why once you’ve traveled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English or Spanish or Mandarin or Portuguese, but that language where others know what it’s like to leave, change, grow, experience, learn, then go home again and feel more lost in your hometown then you did in the most foreign place you visited. This is the hardest part about traveling, and it’s the very reason why we all run away again.”

Kellie Donnelly

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote” – Herman Melville

“What if one’s tendency to go wandering off is truly a gift? What if the driving force beneath the curiosity that leads a person to wander off the beaten path is not immaturity, but the wild, untamable Spirit of God, drawing them into the wild to be refined, to discover fresh insights, and pioneer a new way forward for a new group of people?”

-Brandan Robertson

“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 Payne

“I enjoy the wild things,

Call me at 3 am and tell me you’re waiting at my door.

Give me sunsets in different cities and road trips on dirt tracks not sighted on maps.

Whiskey for breakfast & cheap thrills for dinner.

Give me happiness in a smile and nothing of certainty but the way we make each other feel.

There so much life in living while you’re alive & I’d give absolutely anything to have it all with you.”

-Nikki Rowe

“Some days I am more wolf than woman, and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild.”― Nikita Gill

quotes for the wild soul

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“Why this cult of wilderness?… because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger.” – Edward Abbey

“Sometimes I think I live in a gap between two worlds, one world that I have to wake up to, be adherent of the rules and live in a place that is dictated by others. A place I sometimes feel the fear of aging and dying before I have figured out what it is I am here to do.

That other world is sweet, fresh and misty, inviting adventure into the unknown, melding ancient wisdom with new discovery; the sunlight turning into moonlight and the spell of eternal life is never broken.

Perhaps in that gap I should repair the forgotten bridge from one side to the other, but truth be told, I don’t want to. I don’t want to because I don’t have the energy to fix what is broken within. I am a wild, wandering nomad, I belong everywhere and nowhere all at the same time, and in that gap between worlds, I am free.”

-Riitta Klint

” The wild winds called to her soul and through the ground she felt the thundering hooves of freedom.” – Shikoba

“Ask her what she craved, and she’d get a little frantic about things like books, the woods, music. Plants and the seasons. Also freedom. Not being bought and sold by some idiot employer, not having the moments of her days valued in fractions of a dollar by somebody other than herself.”

-Charles Frazier


“My wild spirit is my deepest truth, my greatest expression and my highest love. It cannot be contained. It defies rules and explanations and logic. I embrace my untamed spirit and unleash her into a world that is meant to be filled with joy and love and laughter. I feel the wind in my hair, lift my gaze to the sky, raise my arms and invite the thunder. I remember how great it feels to be exposed and wildly alive.”

-Adrienne Enns


“My inner landscape? It’s pure wilderness, darling, and the wolves are running.”― Jeanette LeBlanc

“Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a [wo]man than a secure future. The very basic core of a [wo]man’s living spirit is [her] passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

-Jon Krakauer
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I am apart of the group of wild ones, us women who speak to the moon. We crave passion, live with wide open heart and we wear our hearts on our sleeves too. Often told we are too much, but taming out spirit isn’t something we’ll ever do. Love us as we are, we create our own rules.” – Nikki Rowe

“I am a free soul, singing my heart out by myself no matter where I go and I call strangers my friends because I learn things and find ways to fit them into my own world. I hear what people say, rearrange it, take away and tear apart until it finds value in my reality and there I make it work. I find spaces in between the cracks and cuts where it feels empty

and there I make it work.”

― Charlotte Eriksson

“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

“You’ll learn as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”

-Mandy Hale

“Let those who wish have their respectability – I wanted freedom, freedom to indulge in whatever caprice struck my fancy, freedom to search in the farthermost corners of the earth for the beautiful, the joyous, and the romantic”. – Richard Halliburton

“She lives her life like a flame; a dance of purposeful choas…Her enchanting light can guide you and quell your fears…She’s hot; warming those who respect her and burning those who don’t… She is a flame with an unforgettable glow… A weak man will try to dim her luminance…but her soul mate will take pleasure in fanning the blaze.”

-Steve Mariboli

“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

“[…] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

-Jack Kerouac

Purchase Jack Kerouac’s book, “On the Road”, on AbeBooks.com (low costs and free shipping).


“Dear Fellow Human Being,

You are born wild, You do not deserve to be tamed!

Tell yourself,

You do not deserve this!

All those toxic words you have to listen from people,

All those fears they try to pin on your mind,

All those giggles they aim at your dreams,

All those judgmental stares inspecting your individuality,

All those fingers pointing towards your crude character,

All those shackles that tie your feet to social expectations,

All those cages that do not let your imagination fly free,

Listen deeply, you do not deserve any of it.

My dear fellow human, you do not deserve this hostility.

You are born wild, You do not deserve to be tamed!”

-Jasz Gill

“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

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment”.

-John O’Donohue

“There’s always someone who secretly believes in myths and legends; or at least parts of them. Those are the people who will look beyond the obvious and see things in this world that are truly wonderful… But they won’t say anything, even if they do. Because the rest of us who view the world as logical and scientific wouldn’t see the truth if it was posted up on a billboard”.

-Aprilynne Pike


“It’s Ok to Live a Life Others Do Not Understand”

I’ve been wanting to discuss this matter for quite some time, the matter that WE as HUMANS do NOT have to fit some societal mold or live our life as others feel we “should”.    What I mean by this is:  People in our world will always have opinions and expectations of how they feel life must be lived – a paved road that many others walk.  However, that doesn’t mean you have to believe or follow these constructs because, the TRUTH is, everyone has a different path.  Check out my post below and peep the quote section I included at the end of it, as well.



Wild Life and Wilderness

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life”.

-Herman Hesse

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.” – C.S. Lewis

“The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble — to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consume nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself.”

-Philip Connors

“Warm sunny day, thrilling plant and animals and rocks alike, making sap and blood flow fast, and making every particle of the crystal mountains throb and swirl and dance in glad accord like star-dust. No dullness anywhere visible or thinkable. No stagnation, no death. Everything kept in joyful rhythmic motion in the pulses of Nature’s big heart.”

– John muir


“The mountain has left me feeling renewed, more content and positive than I’ve been for weeks, as if something has been given back after a long absence, as if my eyes have opened once again. For this time at least, I’ve let myself be rooted in the unshakable sanity of the senses, spared my mind the burden of too much thinking, turned myself outward to experience the world and inward to savor the pleasures it has given me.”

-Richard Nelson

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

“Learn from animals for they are there to teach you the way of life. There is a wealth of knowledge that is openly accessible in nature. Our ancestors knew this and embraced the natural cures found in the bosoms of the earth. Their classroom was nature. They studied the lessons to be learned from animals. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”

― Suzy Kassem

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”

– John muir

“If you have not touched the rocky wall of a canyon. If you have not heard a rushing river pound over cobblestones. If you have not seen the tree line recede to the top of a bare crested mountain. If you have not looked into a pair of wild eyes and seen your own reflection. Please, for the good of your soul, travel west.”

-Daniel J. Rice

“If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat.” – Vijali Hamilton

“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. We can never have enough of nature.”

-Henry David Thoreau
quotes for the wild soul

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“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.” – Lewis Mumford

“As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.”

-Stephen Graham

“Sometimes, when we are far from clocks and schedules, we can still recapture a lost sense of place-based time. On a relaxing camping trip or a long day outdoors, perhaps, we can slip back into the rhythm of the sun.”

-Richard J. Borden

“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.”

-John Muir

“A heightened affinity for nature infiltrates your life. Greater inner peace. Enhanced self-esteem. A quiet confidence that if I could do that, I can do and should do whatever I really want to do. More appreciation for what you have and less desire to acquire what you don’t. A childlike zest for living life to the fullest. A refusal to be embarrassed about having fun. A renewed faith in the essential goodness of humankind. And a determination to repay others for the many kindnesses you have received.”

-Larry Luxenberg

“is not a dew-drop on a blade of grass more beautiful than a pearl set in gold? Is not a living spring, which gushes up before us, we know not whence, more beautiful than all the fountains of Versailles?”

-Friedrich Max Muller

“Each stone, each bend cries welcome to [her]. [She] identifies with the mountains and the streams, [she] sees something of [her] own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field.” – Paulo Coelho

“For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.”

-Janine M. Benyus

“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.” – Shikoba

“What is adventure? If a lone wolf lifts his plaintive call into the moonlight near your campsite, you might call that adventure. While you’re sweating like a horse on a climb over a 12,000 foot pass, that could be adventure. When howling head winds press your lips against your teeth, you face a mighty struggle. When your pack grows heavy on your shoulders as you climb a 14,000 foot peak, you feel the adventure. When you suffer freezing temperatures and 20 inches of fresh powder on a hut to hut trip in the Rockies, that could be called adventure. But that’s not what makes an adventure. It’s your willingness to conquer it, and to present yourself at the doorstep of nature. That creates the experience. No more greater joy can come from life than to live inside a moment of adventure. It is the uncommon wilderness experience that gives your life expectation.”

-Frosty Wooldridge

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon [wo]men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

– Robert louis Stevenson

“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth” – Walt Whitman

“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


“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”

-Iris Murdoch

““Heaven is all around us. All we need is perception; to extol the melodies of Nature’s orchestra.”― Anurag Shourie

“We are animal in our blood and in our skin, exulting in the wilderness from which we’ve all come and to which our souls are still bent.”

-Jay Griffiths

“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, there you have it! 50+ of my favorite quotes for the wild soul! Which one speaks to you the most? Or, did I happen to leave off one of your personal favorites? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

As always…

Thank you for reading and happy travels!


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5 thoughts on “Quotes for the Wild Soul

  1. Hi Mindy! I really enjoyed reading Fifty Quotes for the Wild Soul. My favorite was the quote from Virginia Alison.

  2. You always speak volumes and nail it, Miss Mindy. Every quote is spot on. My wild heart has had to cancel trips, but I’m still going places in my mind! Lovely pictures, as always! I wrote a poem about nature not stopping for a pandemic (birds still have to find fodder for nests to build and babies to feed, not worried about affixing masks over their beaks to get hand sanitizer and toiletries). Nature is so pristinely divine and honest. It’s time for those who haven’t to finally take notice and learn from it. Stay well and wild! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Awe thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! Much much appreciated! And I’d love to check out your poem (do you share your works online somewhere?). Stay well and wild too, friend! ❤️☺️🌸

  3. Mother Nature Without Pause, May 25, 2020, Melissa Monyok

    So, here it is…another Memorial Day. More loved ones mourned and missed, even during the pandemic. But lately, time has been spent reflecting on simpler things.

    Bluejays and Cardinals, though they argue like bipartisan politicians out my window, don’t chirp a word about a pandemic or whether or not Kim Jong-Un is alive or if he is still playing Nuclear Chutes and Ladders, wearing a nefarious grin on his pudgy, cookie crumb face–mere child’s play.

    Mrs. or Miss Robin (as I’m unaware of her “Facebeak” relationship status) has several hungry babies with sharp miniscule beaks nestled safely in a nest of fodder, yet inconveniently homespun in the path of humans’ comings and goings. Still, she is not bothered by inconvenience nor fretting to remember to affix a face mask before shopping for toiletries and hand sanitizer.

    Additionally, magnetic fields are so unforgiving, and polarity shifts don’t stop to apologize for what they must do.
    Nature- so brutally honest, so harshly wonderful, so remarkably strong and courageous.

    Disagreements overheard about surviving Covid-19 or anything at all in 2020 was tabled at last night’s Chipmunk City Council and Rabbit Burough meetings.

    Witnessing a speedy squirrel this morning darting up a tree in an imaginary race against less frightening and sinister issues has brought a tranquil smile to my face that is hidden behind a mask and scarf, just to be extra cautious.

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