75 Perfect Camping Quotes & Captions for Instagram

Are a fan of camping or planning do some camping this summer?

As a lifelong reader and an English literature graduate, I love collecting quotes — both inspirational and hilarious — and these quotes about camping are no exception.

I’ve gathered a bunch of my favorite camping quotes which range from the beautiful to the funny, as well as several short camping captions for Instagram in case these camping quotes are too long.

These camping quotes make perfect camping Instagram captions, but they’re also great for journaling, inspiring future travels, journal prompts, vision boards, etc.

Most Inspiring Camping Quotes

“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

“The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed.”

— John Muir

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”

— Terry Tempest Williams

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”

— Claude Monet

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.”

— John Muir

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

-– Henry David Thoreau

“The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule.”

— Giorgio Agamben

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep…”

Robert Frost

“A perfect day would be to get into the car, drive out to Yosemite, and go camping.”

— Michael Steger

“There is nothing worse, after days of falling asleep by a babbling brook and waking up to a choir chirping birds, than to go inside a house with insulated walls and an obstructive roof. This torturous invention, a cage, a box, prevents you from seeing or hearing anything of natural importance. Make time to free yourself and find a bit of nature.”

― Katherine Keith

“Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible.”

— Alexander Eliot

Camping Quotes About Learning from Nature

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

— Anne Lamott

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.”

— John Lubbock

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.”

— John Muir

“The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.”

— Nancy Wynne Newhall

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”

— Bill Watterson

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in order.”

— John Burroughs

“The greatest threat to the planet is the belief someone else will take care of it.”

— Robert Swan

“You don’t have to say everything to be a light. Sometimes a fire built on a hill will bring interested people to your campfire.”

― Shannon L. Alder

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

— Albert Einstein

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”

— Lorraine Anderson

” In the woods we return to reason and faith.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Camping Quotes About the Beauty of Camping

“Sleep under a blanket of stars, and your heart will forever be kept warm by your love of life.”

— Anthony T. Hincks

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”

— John Muir

“Perhaps there is no thrill so great as that which comes with a walk in the freshness of morning air.”

― Helen Keller

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

— Shanti

“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.”

— Bern Williams

“Light a campfire and everyone’s a storyteller.”

— John Geddes

“Each evening, I ached for the shelter of my tent, for the smallest sense that something was shielding me from the entire rest of the world, keeping me safe not from danger, but from vastness itself. I loved the dim, clammy dark of my tent, the cozy familiarity of the way I arranged my few belongings all around me each night.”

― Cheryl Strayed

“The fire is the main comfort of camp, whether in summer or winter.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.”

― Edward Abbey

“Cooking and eating food outdoors makes it taste infinitely better than the same meal prepared and consumed indoors.”

― Fennel Hudson

“The more civilized man becomes, the more he needs and craves a great background of forest wildness, to which he may return like a contrite prodigal from the husks of an artificial life.”

— Ellen Burns Sherman

“In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, mind that was weary is at ease, new rhythms in the soul begin.”

— William Kean Seymour

“Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon – even if it’s just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything.”

— Pippa Middleton

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air, mountains, tree, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'”

— Sylvia Plath

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.”

— Alan S. Kesselheim

“You may be a little cold some nights on mountain tops above the timber-line, but you will see the stars, and by and by you can sleep enough in your town bed. or at least in your grave. Keep awake while you may in mountain mansions so rare.”

― John Muir

“We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“I just want to live in a world of mountains, coffee, campfires, cabins, and golden trees, and run around with a camera and notebook, learning the inner workings of everything real.”

— Victoria Erickson

“To wake up on a gloriously bright morning, in a tent pitched beneath spruce trees, and to look out lazily and sleepily for a moment from the open side of the tent, across the dead camp-fire of the night before… or to wake at night, when you have rolled in your blankets in the frost-stricken dying grass without a tent, and to look up through the leaves above to the dark sky and the flashing stars, and hear far off the call of a night bird or the howl of a wolf: this is the poetry, the joy of a wild and roving existence, which cannot come too often”

― Josiah Edward Spurr

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

— Edward Abbey

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.”

— Charles Lindbergh

“Roses are red, mud is brown, the wood are better than any night on the town.”

— Earl Dibbles Jr

“If I went on vacation, I’d rather go camping than stay in some four-star hotel.”

— Travis Fimmel

Funny Camping Quotes

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.”

— George Carlin

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”

— Dave Barry

“The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition.”

— Dave Barry

“Camping is not a date; it’s an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.”

— Yvonne Prinz

“Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.”

— Dave Barry

“Fires will rage in California. And I’ll wake from nightmares of lions at my tent. And I’ll feel like a crazy person when I talk to people about the trail. And I’ll ache to come back.”

― Luke Healy

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”

— Bill Bowerman

“The stars were better company anyway. They were very beautiful, and they almost never snored.”

— David Eddings

“My tent doesn’t look like much but, as an estate agent might say, “It is air-conditioned and has exceptional location.”

― Fennel Hudson

“Of course, not everybody likes camping trips. I do not myself enjoy them much, because I’m not outdoorsy, or at any rate, I’m not outdoorsy overnight-without-a-matress-wise. There’s a limit to the outdoorsiness to which some academics can be expected to submit.”

― G.A. Cohen

“Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing. I suppose some will wish to debate whether it is important to keep these primitive arts alive. I shall not debate it. Either you know it in your bones, or you are very, very old.”

― Aldo Leopold

“Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing every year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared.”

— Jack Handey

“I married a woman who loves to camp, and I am what you would call indoorsy… My wife always brings up, Camping’s a tradition in my family. Hey, it was a tradition in everyone’s family ’til we came up with the house.”

— Jim Gaffigan

“In a well-ordered universe… camping would take place indoors.”

— Morgan Matson

“I went camping for 33 days, and now everybody seems to care.”

— Colleen Haskell

“My fear of camping: I’m convinced bugs will crawl up my va*** and lay eggs. Isn’t everyone?” ― Kathy Griffin

“Campgrounds are never comfortable. They are merely less awful than other options. In normal circumstances, if told that the nearest available toilet was half a mile away, up a dirt path frequented by animals in gastric distress, one would lock the doors and speed to civilization. When a tent or camper is involved, one is jubilant. At least this site had flush toilets!”

― Thomm Quackenbush

“I’ve been camping and stuff, but if you left me in the woods I’d probably just curl up and cry until someone found me.”

Norman Reedus

“Is it weird that I’m taking Louis Vuitton camping?”

— Jessica Simpson

“Escape to nature is not only a simple escape from stupidities in the city, but also a great refreshment to better fight fools and stupidities when you return to the city!”

― Mehmet Murat Ildan

“I think camping is one of those things where if you’re forced into it as a child, you’ll probably hate it as an adult.”

— Jeremy Irvine

“How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?”

— Christy Whitehead

“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally sh** myself lifeless.”

― Bill Bryson

“I got into an argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That’s a bad place for an argument, because then I tried to walk out and slammed the flap. How are you supposed to express your anger in this situation? Zipper it up really quick?”

– Mitch Hedberg

“Anna had read books about people in the cities going camping. They would leave their comfortable homes and beds and deliberately sleep in tents, on the ground, then cook their food outside over an open fire instead of in a well-stocked kitchen. She couldn’t imagine something so ridiculous.”

― Gail Sattler

“What’s that?”
“French press.”
“For coffee? Real coffee? Not instant?”
“We’re camping, Zorie, not living in a dystopian nightmare.”

― Jenn Bennett

Funny Camping Captions & Anonymous Quotes

“Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower, and flush toilet.”

“Donating blood, one mosquito at a time.”

“A bad day camping is still better than a good day working.”

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a camper, which is kind of the same thing.”

“It’s all good in the woods.”

“Camping is in tents!” (like this camping pun? I’ve thought of 33 others, plus a few below!)

“I camp believe you don’t like nature.”

“May the forest be with you!”

“Life is s’more fun with friends.” 

Inspiring Camping Captions & Anonymous Quotes

“There’s no WiFi in the mountains, but you’ll find no better connection.”

“I am most alive among the tall trees.”

“I don’t need a therapist. I go camping often.”

“Time camping isn’t time spent, it’s time invested.”

“Away is a place where it’s not about the money you spend. It’s about the moments you share.”

“Camp more. Worry less.”

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33 Actually Funny Camping Puns That Will Reduce Tent-sion

If you’re planning a camping trip and you want to come e-quipped (get it?) with plenty of camping puns, you’ll need better than your standard ‘camping is in-tents‘ jokes!

I’ve racked my brains to come up with some of the best camping puns that will actually make you laugh (and okay, some of these puns about camping will make you groan as well — that’s the nature of a camping dad joke!)

Here are the funniest camping puns I could come up with!

33 Camping Puns That’ll Actually Make You Laugh

Pitch, don’t kill my vibe!

Camping? Alpaca my tent!

You can’t have your kayak and eat it too!

No more bad camping puns! I can’t bear it!

For all in-tents and purposes, camping is just sleeping outside!

Relax! You’re too tents.

I could go camping forest of my life!

Me and campfires — the perfect match!

Let’s go camping — try not to s’more

The s’more the merrier

Laugh s’more, worry less

I camp believe you’ve never slept in a tent!

RV there yet?

I caravan about you

You make me a happy camper

Can we do it? Campervan!

Wood you please start a fire?

Wood you like to go camping?

These bad camping puns really yurt me.

Camping: like many of the best things in life, it’s tree.

All’s fire in love and camping

We’re out of firewood — don’t flame the messenger!

Thank you very match for starting the fire

You’ve really got a chip on your smolder

Nothing can hold a kindle to a warm campfire

Being around a warm campfire is pyro-dise

Axe and you shall receive

Let’s go camping, just for the hill of it!

Taking a break from camping to catch summer rays

I conifer you a discount on camping puns

You’re invading my personal spruce!

I need my alone pine

50 Funny Hiking Puns That’ll Rock Your World

I do love hiking… but I love a good hiking pun more!

If you’re looking for some funny hiking puns to go with a hiking Insta photo or just to make your trail companions groan on your next hike, I’ve thought up some hilarious puns about hiking to keep everyone in stitches.

Here are my favorite hiking puns!

50 Witty Hiking Puns

I love camping — it’s in-tents

I love hiking — I don’t take it for granite

Don’t be a pine in the ass!

Two’s companies, trees a crowd

Come on, summit up now!

Be sure to leaf your worries behind

These views are unbe-leaf-able!

Wood you like to go for a hike with me?

I’m trying to mount-ain my distance

Hiking puns are hill-arious!

Hiking is a hill of a lot of fun!

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s maple leaves.

Hiking with my birches

I fernly believe in the quality of my hiking puns!

Quali-tree control

Hiking is all the range

These boots were made for hikin’.

Hiking with just me and my buds

Woke up feeling pine

I went for a hike, now I’m feel oak-ay

May the forest be with you.

The hill looked hard at first, but I got over it.

Gotta keep hiking, come hill or high water

These views are beautiful as far as the eye canyon see

Dew you love morning walks in the woods?

If something’s bothering you, shrub it off and go for a hike!

Let’s meet for branch and go for a hike!

What were you saying? I lost my terrain of though

What you were saying about hiking really peaked my interest!

There’s snow place like the mountains

I’ve found the mountain of youth — it’s hiking

Slow down! Don’t you Everest?

If you’re feeling bad, you better change your altitude

Are you done with the bad hiking puns? I can’t bear any more!

This hike? More like climb and punishment!

Stop! Don’t peak!

Actions peak louder than words

Don’t burn your ridges

Keep your eyes on the rise

Don’t get your slopes up

Steep and cheerful

I’m all a-boot that hiking life

Range against the machine!

Have you tried hiking? It really Alps clear your mind!

Andes-cent exposure

I’ve caught Himalayan once or twice.

I’ve been around the rock a couple of times.

Tall no lies!

At times hike this, you just have to get outside

You’ve got to hike a balance

Canyon help me out?

150 Hiking Quotes & Perfect Hiking Captions for Instagram

Sometimes, it can be hard to put the impressive landscapes we see into words.

As a lifetime lover and student of the English language, I’ve made it my mission to gather some of the best travel quotes from authors around the world — this post focuses on beautiful hiking quotes.

These quotes about hiking are the perfect fuel for your wanderlust, or they’re perfect to use as hiking captions for Instagram.

I’ve included a mix of inspiring, literary, and funny hiking quotes to choose from, as well as some short hiking captions for Instagram that are pithy and to-the-point.

I’ll start with my favorite hiking quotes and quotes about mountains, and then I’ll go into some hiking Instagram captions at the end of the post if you’re looking for something short and sweet.

Beautiful Hiking Quotes About Mountains

“Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.”

— Margaret Young

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

— Sir Edmund Hillary (and as part of the first team to summit Mount Everest, I think he knows a little bit about hiking and mountains!)

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

– Jack Kerouac

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”

— Dr. Seuss

“Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained.”

– Aleksander Lwow

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

— Greg Child

“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

— Ansel Adams

“There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.”

— Alex Lowe

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain; he is inspired by it.”

– William Arthur Ward

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

— John Ruskin

“It is the mountain that has been calling me, and it’s time to answer.”

― Susan Jagannath

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

— Sir Martin Conway

“Mountains make me believe that nothing can be bigger than nature, not even human ego.”

― Jay Kumar Singh

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”

— Yvon Chouinard

“Every mountain has its soul… if the mountain does not accept you, and you don’t submit to her will, she will destroy you.”

― Bernadette McDonald

“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

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

— John Muir

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

— Dag Hammarskjold

“I walked slowly to enjoy this freedom, and when I came out of the mountains, I saw the sky over the prairie, and I thought that if heaven was real, I hoped it was a place I never had to go, for this earth was greater than any paradise.”

— Daniel J. Rice

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”

— William Blake

“Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.”

— Paul D. Boyer

“You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.”

– Amit Kalantri

“You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.”

— Lito Tejada-Flores

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

— Anatoli Boukreev

Inspiring Quotes About Hiking, Mindset, & Mindfulness

“The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.”

— Mary Davis

“I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city.”

— Mary Davis

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”

— Aldous Huxley

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

— John Steinbeck

“Walking in solitude fixes nothing, but it leads you to the place where you can identify the malady—see the wound’s true form and nature—and then discern the proper medicine.”

– Aspen Matis

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”

– Raymond Inmon

“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.”

— Robert Sweetgall

“If you face the rest of your life with the spirit you show on the trail, it will have no choice but to yield the same kind of memories and dreams.”

― Adrienne Hall

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

— John Muir

“If everyone in the world took care of each other the way folks do out on the trail, and if everyone approached each day with as much hope and optimism as hikers do, the world would be a better place.”

– Jon Tullis

“Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.”

– Jennifer Pharr Davis

“You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along.”

— Katrina Mayer

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.”

— Hippocrates

“I was no longer following a trail. I was learning to follow myself.”

― Aspen Matis

“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“Think while walking, walk while thinking, and let writing be but the light pause, as the body on a walk rests in contemplation of wide open spaces.”

― Frédéric Gros

“Hiking is a bit like life. The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”

— Unknown

“Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life”

— John Amatt

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.”

— Rich Ridgeway

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

― David McCullough Jr.

Classic Hiking Quotes

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

— John Muir

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

— Rosalia de Castro

“For hiking is one of those things that you can only do when you have the determination in you.”

— Carl Sagan

“I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm.”

– John Mackey

 “Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best.”

— Carrie Latet

“Trails enabled me to better see the world, to notice fine aspects invisible from an airplane, the most basic things we miss. Seeing life at a pace at which you can actually observe nuance, the speed of stepping, the beautiful inspiring texture of “plain” reality becomes visible—God smiling in the detail.”

― Aspen Matis

“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.”

— Finis Mitchell

“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot”

― Werner Herzog

“There is always an adventure waiting in the woods.”

― Katelyn S. Bolds

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself.”

— Robert M. Pirsig

“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits”

– Harley King

“Complete freedom is not what a trail offers. Quite the opposite; a trail is a tactful reduction of options.”

― Robert Moor

“Where the signposts end, the trail begins.”

― Marty Rubin

“The mountains were there and so was I.”

— Maurice Herzog

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”

— Lao Tzu

“I love to sit on a mountain top and gaze. I don’t think of anything but the people I care about and the view.”

– Julian Lennon

“Trails are routes to remembrance just as they are routes to knowledge.”

― T.P. Lye

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth.  Then I ask myself the same question.”

— Harun Yahya

Best Quotes About Hiking & Being Prepared

“Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.”

— Earl Shaffer

“You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well.”

— Terri Guillemets

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

– Sir Rannulph Fiennes

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”

— Robert W. Service

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

– Confucius

“She introduced people to the A.T., and at the same time she made the thru-hike achievable. It didn’t take fancy equipment, guidebooks, training, or youthfulness. It took putting one foot in front of the other—five million times.”

― Ben Montgomery

“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”

― Ryel Kestenbaum

“When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart.”

— Dan May

“I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.”

― Cheryl Strayed

Best Quotes About Hiking & Challenges

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

– Edward Abbey

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“If you’re on the right path it will always be uphill”

– Henry B. Eyring

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

– Barry Finlay

“The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.”

— Sam Cummings

“The best way out is always through.”

– Robert Frost

“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion.”

– Robert MacFarlane

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.”

— G.M. Trevelyan

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”

― Jeffrey Rasley

“There really is no correct way to hike the trail, and anyone who insists that there is ought not to worry so much about other people’s experiences. Hikers need to hike the trail that’s right for them,”

― Adrienne Hall

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

— Beverly Sills

 “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

— Frank A. Clark

“I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.”

— Andrew Garfield

“The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.”

— Paulo Coelho

“You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing.”

— Sir Edmund Hillary

“Fall down seven times and stand up eight.”

— Japanese Proverb

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

— Hermann Buhl

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”

— Ed Viesturs

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

— Winston Churchill

Best Trekking Quotes About Long Distance Hiking

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”

— Cindy Ross

“Days of slow walking are very long: they make you live longer because you have allowed every hour, every minute, every second to breathe, to deepen, instead of filling them up by straining the joints.”

– Frédéric Gros

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises, and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”

― Cheryl Strayed

“I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.”

― Cheryl Strayed

“I refuse to let this suffering be for nothing. In fact, I refuse to suffer.” I whispered to myself as I pushed each tent stake into the ground. “I can adapt. I am adapting.” Another long day was done and I was forty-two miles closer to Canada.”

― Heather “Anish” Anderson

“The trail was designed to have no end, a wild place on which to be comfortably lost for as long as one desired. In those early days nobody fathomed walking the thing from beginning to end in one go. Section hikes, yes. Day hikes, too. But losing yourself for five months, measuring your body against the earth, fingering the edge of mental and physical endurance, wasn’t the point. The trail was to be considered in sections, like a cow is divided into cuts of beef. Even if you sample every slice, to eat the entire beast in a single sitting was not the point. Before 1948, it wasn’t even considered possible.”

― Ben Montgomery

“I would never have started this trip if I had known how tough it was, but I couldn’t and wouldn’t quit.”

― Ben Montgomery

“Let’s not mince words: Everest doesn’t attract a whole lot of well-balanced folks. The self-selection process tends to weed out the cautious and the sensible in favor of those who are single-minded and incredibly driven. Which is a big reason the mountain is so dangerous.”

– Jon Krakauer

“A significant fraction of thru-hikers reach Katahdin, then turn around and start back to Georgia. They just can’t stop walking, which kind of makes you wonder.”

― Bill Bryson

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

— Lao Tzu

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

The long-distance hiker, a breed set apart, from the likes of the usual pack. He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.”

— M.J. Eberhart

“Trekking means a traveling experience with a thrilling excitement.”

— Amit Kalantri

“Under gold clouds, he pushed the limits of my body, setting a faster pace—some days surpassing forty rugged miles, unstopping through morning’s thick peach haze; noon’s warmth; red evening sun.”

― Aspen Matis

“On a hike, the days pass with the wind, the sun, the stars; movement is powered by a belly full of food and water, not a noxious tankful of fossil fuels. On a hike, you’re less a job title and more a human being. A periodic hike not only stretches the limbs but also reminds us: Wow, there’s a big old world out there.”

— Ken Ilgunas

“Within minutes my 115-mile walk through the desert hills becomes a thing apart, a disjunct reality on the far side of a bottomless abyss, immediately beyond physical recollection. But it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.”

― Edward Abbey

Hilarious Quotes About Hiking & Funny Hiking Captions

“Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee.”

— Demetri Martin

“Hiking’s not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty.”

– Sonja Yoerg

“Hiking is the only slightly less ugly stepsister of running.”

― Lindy Hughes

“Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path.  By all means, you should follow that.”

— Ellen Degeneres

“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.”

– G.M. Trevelyan

“In the mountains, there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.”

— Rusty Baillie

“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand (or foot in boot.)”

— Diane Spicer

“I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest — it’s only a mountain.”

– Junko Tabei (the first women to summit Everest and a major bada**!)

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”

— Sir Edmund Hillary

“Wise people make trails and paths, clever walk on them – stupid people can’t decide.”

― Deyth Banger

“Trails are like that: you’re floating along in a Shakespearean Arden paradise and expect to see nymphs and flute boys, then suddenly you’re struggling in a hot broiling sun of hell in dust and nettles and poison oak…just like life.”

― Jack Kerouac

“Hiking—much like drinking—is something that sounds more fun to the uninitiated than it actually is.”

― Mindy McGinnis

“I like being near the top of a mountain, One can’t get lost here.”

– Wislawa Szymborska

“I hate hiking with convicts carrying machetes.”

― Susan Orlean

“Remember that time spent on a rock climb is not subtracted from your lifespan.”

— Will Niccolls

“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally sh** myself lifeless.”

― Bill Bryson

“A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.”

― Edward Abbey

Best Hiking Captions & Anonymous Quotes

“If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain.”

“Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.” 

“Adventure awaits.”

“There is no WiFi in the mountains, but you will find a better connection.”

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice…  some girls are made of adventure and wine and all things fine.”

“Think outside. No box required.”

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

“Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.”

Everyone needs someone who will call and say, ‘Get dressed.  We’re going on an adventure.'” 

“Some women want diamonds… others just want a hammock, a campfire and some peace & quiet.” 

“Sky above, earth below, and peace within.”

“Oh, darling, let’s be adventurers.”

“Go where you feel the most alive.”

 “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top.”

“It’s a hill. Get over it.”

“I have a therapist. Her name is hiking.”

“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”

“I hike to burn off the crazy.”

“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead. Yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

“The closer you are to nature, the further you are from idiots.”

“Hiking is the answer.  Who cares what the question is?” 

“Life is better in hiking boots.”

“When life gives you mountains, put on your boots and hike.”

“You can’t climb up a mountain with downhill thoughts.”

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction”

“Coffee, Mountains, Adventure.”

“All good things are wild and free.”

“Move the body, still the mind.”

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101 Side-Splitting Nature Puns & Funny Nature Captions

Can you beleaf I’ve come up with 101 nature puns? It took a lot of pine and energy, but I’ve done it.

Shore enough, there are over a hundred puns about nature in this post, reed-y to be used for funny nature captions for Instagram or just to make your friends groan on your next hiking trip.

From puns about forests and to puns about oceans and beaches, here are my favorite silly nature puns!

Nature Puns About Forests

May the forest be with you!

This view is tree-mendous!

I have plant-y of time.

Don’t take me for plant-ed

Dew you love morning walks in the woods?

Go with the flower

A bloom with a view

Once and floral

Take it or leaf it

Leaf it at that

What a releaf!

This view is blossom!

Me and my best fronds

Tree’s company

Shrub it off

All you seed is love

Ferning with curiosity

Feel the fern

Live and fern

I’m at a moss for words

Flower to the people!

No ifs ands or buds

Don’t stalk it till you’ve tried it!

Try branching out

Let’s meet for branch!

Beyond a rhizome-able doubt

For what it’s earth

We ground love in a hopeless place

I’d do it all clover again

Go against the green

As fir as the eyes can see

Working pine to five

Life’s a birch

Made for beech other

Live today ash if there were no tomorrow

Nature Puns About Mountains

I’ve found the mountain of youth!

I’ve lost my terrain of though

Take a peak around

You’ve really peaked my interest

There’s snow place like the mountains

Slow down – don’t you Everest?

No man is a highland

You’d better change your altitude

Are you done with the bad puns? I can’t bear it!

I lava you a lot!

Ridge the gap

Life is full of rise and lows

Make summit noise

Hiking is all the range

Climb and punishment

My sediments exactly

As far as the eye canyon see

Nature Puns About the Ocean

Watery doing here?

We can do waterever you want

I’m tide of ocean puns!

Tropic like it’s hot

Wave new world

As far as the eye can sea

What’s all the comm-ocean?

Nature Puns About Beaches

Life’s a beach!

To beach their own

Don’t be so shallow!

Any-waves, life is good!

Will you be my buoy-friend?

Be reasona-bubble!

The beach has a palming effect

Stop squidding around

Getting my Vitamin sea

Let’s take the sea-nic route

Seak and you shall find

Knot on my watch!

The beach is my sand-tuary

I can’t sand leaving!

I don’t give into pier pressure

Nature Puns About Lakes

I lake you a lot!

Lake a fish out of water.

Dock to the hand!

Sooner oar later

I’ll be dam‘ed

Stop being a pain in the boat!

There are such boat-iful people out here on the lake!

Ready for a ferry bad pun?

I can’t think of any more boat puns. Canoe?

Nature Puns About Rivers

Currently chilling.

Roe roe roe your boat

Streaming now!

This river is too mainstream

Nature Puns About The Desert

The desert isn’t all it’s cactus up to be.

Cactus makes perfect!

Cactus what you preach

It’s a-drought time!

Desert bother you?

Are you saguaro yourself?

Don’t mesa with me

150 Outdoor Quotes & Nature Captions for Instagram

If you want to find some beautiful nature captions for your Instagram posts or want some thoughtful outdoor quotes to inspire your next adventure, this post has you covered!

As an English literature graduate, travel writer, and poet, I love collecting beautiful words that describe our incredible planet and our experiences interacting with it.

I’ve gathered these beautiful outdoor quotes from writers throughout the centuries and around the globe to hopefully inspire your travels. These are the perfect quotes about nature and the outdoors to use if you’re looking for inspiring nature captions for your Instagram posts!

I’ve included a mix of literary and poetic outdoor quotes as well as funny nature quotes (because everyone knows a walk in nature is not always a walk in the park!), so you can find the perfect nature caption or quote for any occasion, rain or shine!

My Favorite Outdoor Quotes: Inspiration for Nature Captions

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The earth laughs in flowers.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”

― Leigh Hunt

“Choose only one master—nature.”

― Rembrandt

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

― Henri Matisse

“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

― Vincent van Gogh

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”

― Claude Monet

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”

― Steve Maraboli

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’ “

— Sylvia Plath

“Leave the roads; take the trails.”

― Pythagoras

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”

― Gerard De Nerval

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

― John Keats

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

― Aristotle

“Nature does nothing uselessly.”

― Aristotle

“Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

― Carl Sagan

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

― Albert Einstein

“We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”

― Albert Einstein

“If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

― Marie Curie

“The earth has music for those who listen.”

― George Santayana

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face.”

―Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time.”

― Katrina Mayer

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

― Joseph Campbell

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”

― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”

― E.B. White

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

― Hans Christian Andersen

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted like trees.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”

― Theodore Roethke

“It was for the best, so Nature had no choice but to do it.:

― Marcus Aurelius

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

― John Muir

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.”

― John Muir

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. “

― John Muir

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

― John Muir

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

― John Muir

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”

―John Muir

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.”

― Antoni Gaudi

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.”

― Walt Whitman

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”

― Helen Keller

“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

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

― Eleanora Duse

“Nature is the art of God.”

― Dante Alighieri

“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”

– Dante Alighieri

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

― William Shakespeare

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

― Gary Snyder

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

― Lao Tzu

“Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.”

― Lao Tzu

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment”

— Jane Austin

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”

— Edward Abbey

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

— Edward Abbey

“The earth is what we all have in common.”

— Wendell Berry

“I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice.”

— Alice Walker

“The butterfly counts not months but moments; and has time enough.”

— Rabindranith Tagore

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”

— Standing Bear

“How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?”

— Walt Disney

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods.”

— Lord Byron

“Look for a lovely thing and you will find it. It is not far – It never will be far.”

— Sara Teasdale

“All our wisdom is stored in the trees.”

– Santosh Kalwar

Healing Quotes About Nature & Nature Captions about Self Discovery

“By discovering nature, you discover yourself.”

— Maxime Lagacé

“A walk in nature, walks the soul back home.”

– Mary Davis

“Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.”

― John Muir

“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.”

― John Muir

“The sun shines not on us but in us.”

― John Muir

“Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world.”

— John Muir

“Come to the woods for here is rest.”

– John Muir

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

― John Burroughs

“Walk in nature and feel the healing power of the trees.”

– Anthony William

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see.”

― Charlotte Eriksson

“There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.”

― Charlotte Eriksson

“Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.”

―Linda Hogan

“Looking at the beauty in nature is the first step of purifying the mind.”

– Amit Ray

“Nature itself is the best physician.”

– Hippocrates

“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.”

―Gretel Ehrlich

“The greener the setting, the more the relief.”

– Richard Louv

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

― Rachel Carson

“The contemplation of nature can free one of the ego – the great troublemaker.”

– Eckhart Tolle

“Nature can bring you to stillness, that is its gift to you.”

– Eckhart Tolle

Nature Quotes & Nature Captions about Overcoming Challenges

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

― Alice Walker

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

― Rachel Carson

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”

― Theodore Roethke

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful.”

― Edward Abbey

“There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion.”

― Edgar Allen Poe

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“An inflexible tree breaks in a storm.”

―Matshona Dhliwayo

“A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.”

― James Russell Lowell

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”

― Roger Miller

Quotes About Nature Photography: Perfect Nature Captions for Instagram!

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

― Marc Riboud

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

― Ansel Adams

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

– Ansel Adams

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

― Ansel Adams

“A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye.” 

– Roger Kingston

“In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”

– August Sander

“My photography is the result of being there at the right moment.”

– Rene Burri

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

– Dorothea Lange

“Only photograph what you love.”

– Tim Walker

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

― Albert Einstein

“Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”

– Joe McNally

Funny Nature Quotes and Nature Captions

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.”

― Isaac Newton

“If people think that nature is their friend, then they sure don’t need an enemy.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“Trees are always a relief, after people.”

– David Mitchell

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”

― Robin Williams

“I love nature, I just don’t want to get any of it on me.”

— Woody Allen

“The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

— Mark Twain

“Architects cannot teach nature anything.”

— Mark Twain

“Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet.”

— Brooke Hampton

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”

― William Shakespeare

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”

― Jules Renard

“If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.”

— Mary Oliver

“Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.”

— Mary Oliver

“If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”

― Alex Trebek

Anonymous Nature Captions & Quotes

Go where you feel most alive.

Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost.

Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.

The best views comes after the hardest climb.

Not all classrooms have four walls.

Nature – cheaper than therapy.

Nature never goes out of style.

The forest makes your heart gentle.

Sky above, earth below, and peace within.

There is beauty in simplicity.

Always take the scenic route.

Be kind to everything that lives.

Nature speaks softly. You have to listen to it carefully.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

No one rises suddenly in the world, not even the sun.

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150 Gorgeous Road Trip Quotes & Captions to Inspire You to Hit the Road

One of my favorite ways to travel is on a road trip.

There’s something about having the windows rolled down with your hair blowing about, great music blasting, company by your side, and a sense of adventure and open-mindedness.

I’ve road tripped all over the world, from the ruby-rocked American Southwest to the emerald green mountains of the Faroe Islands to the fjords of western Iceland to the windswept Atlantic volcanic landscape of the Azores to the interior of Bulgaria to the lush landscapes of the interior of Brazil.

Road tripping is truly my favorite way to experience a destination, and I think if you’re on this page, you probably feel the same!

I’ve gathered a whopping 150 quotes about road trips, perfect for every occasion. There are quotes about road tripping with friends, detour quotes, road trip song lyrics, short and sweet road trip quotes, long and lyrical road trip quotes… truly the list goes on!

Feel free to use these road trip quotes for whatever purpose (crediting the original author) for using in road trip Instagram captions, writing, or whatever you like!

Inspiring Road Trip Quotes

“Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We’ll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground, and capture the spirit. Then we’ll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always.” 

– Victoria Erickson

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of seeing things.”

— Henry Miller (this quote is the inspiration for this blog’s name!)

“Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”

— Emma Chase

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”

– Douglas Adams

“She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going, but she was on her way.”

― Jodi Hills

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

– Lao Tzu

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

– Jack Kerouac

“Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.

– Yvon Chouinard

“Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns.”

— Susan Magsamen

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

– T.S. Eliot

“Look on every exit being an entrance somewhere else.”

– Tom Stoppard

“Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”

– Jack Kerouac

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”

— Alain de Botton

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.”

– Hans Christian Andersen

“I climb behind the steering wheel… I drive off immediately without once looking back; it’s a long journey, but it leads to freedom.”

– Corinne Hofmann

“The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.”

– William Least Heat-Moon

“Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.”

– Elizabeth Berg

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure”

– Bob Bitchin

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

“Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.”

– Jon Bon Jovi

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

– Walt Disney

“The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous, and absolutely liberating.”

– Aaron Lauritsen

“When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.”

– Charles de Lint

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.”

– John Steinbeck

“No one you have been and no place you have gone ever leaves you. The new parts of you simply jump in the car and go along for the rest of the ride. The success of your journey and your destination all depends on who’s driving.”

 – Bruce Springsteen

“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Every journey is simultaneously a beginning and an ending: I was leaving my old life behind and starting on a road trip to find a new me.”

– Debi Tolbert Duggar

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

– Rosalia de Castro

“If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.”

– Brad Paisley

Quotes about Road Tripping with Friends

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”

– Izaak Walton

“Road trips aren’t measured by mile markers, but by moments.”

— Source unknown

“It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.” 

– Aaron Lauritsen

“We all have that one friend who is either on a road trip or planning a road-trip or thinking about a road-trip or talking to people who are on road-trip or posting quotes about road-trip.”

 – Crestless Wave

“Happiness is planning a trip somewhere new with someone you love.”

– Saadiyat Rotana

“No road is long with good company.”

– Turkish Proverb

“Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.”

– Chinese Proverb

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”

– Miriam Adeney

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

– John Steinbeck

“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” 

– Shanti

“The road goes on forever and the party never ends.”

– Robert Earl Keen

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”

 – Tim Cahill

Long Drive Quotes

“I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window.” 

– Miriam Toews

“I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.”

– Grace Jones

“I climb behind the steering wheel… I drive off immediately without once looking back; it’s a long journey but it leads to freedom.”

– Corinne Hofmann

“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.”

– William Hazlitt

“The road must eventually lead to the whole world.” 

– Jack Kerouac

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

– Lewis Carroll

Detour Quotes

“Dead-end roads don’t mean you’ve come to your end, just means you need to take a different detour.”

― Anthony Liccione

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.”

― Angela N. Blount

“The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.”

― Sir James Jeans

“Never view obstacles in your path as the enemy. Rather, view any obstacles as detour signs to avoid pitfalls.”

― Donald L. Hicks

“A detour didn’t have to alter the destination, it merely changed the path.”

― Kathy Harris

“Take a detour.
Discover small towns
and friendly faces
that don’t grow along the highway.”

― Khang Kijarro Nguyen

“Life is a journey with almost limitless detours.”

― Ken Poirot

“Without struggle, success has no value.”

― Aaron Lauritsen

Short Quotes About Road Trips

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

– Helen Keller

 “Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.”

— Byrd Baggett

“And just like that, we’re on our way to everywhere.” 

– Emery Lord

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”

– David Bowie

“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.”

– Jack Kerouac

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road.”

– Walt Whitman

“The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.” 

– Aaron Lauritsen

“The real home of man is not his house but the road.”

— Bruce Chitin

“Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.” 

– Orhan Pamuk

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” 

– Stephen Covey

“There are no mistakes. Only new paths to explore.” 

– Gregory David Roberts

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”

– Robert Frost

“I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.”

– Paulo Coelho

“There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.”

– Bill Bryson

“No yesterdays on the road.”

– William Least Heat-Moon

“When you go on a road trip, the trip itself becomes part of the story.”

– Steve Rushin

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

– Jack Kerouac

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

“And just like that, we’re on our way to everywhere”

– Emery Lord

“Still, round the corner, there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”

– J. R. R. Tolkien

“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.”

– Confucius

“I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me.”

– Walt Whitman“

“It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.” 

— John Green

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” –

T.S. Eliot

“My favorite thing to do is to go where I’ve never been.”

– Diane Arbus

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”

– Rachel Wolchin

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”

– Erol Ozan

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

— Martin Buber

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.”

– Fitzhugh Mullan

“The road is there, it will always be there. You just have to decide when to take it.”

– Chris Humphrey

“You may not find a path, but you will find a way.”

– Tom Wolfe

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

– David Mitchell

“If you’re on a road trip, you need driving music.”

– Edgar Wright

“God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”

– Isak Dinesen

Funny Quotes about Road Trips

“A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.”

– Tom Lichtenheld

“The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”

– Anthony Bourdain

“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.”

– George Carlin

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” 

– Yogi Berra

“It was a practical trip, straight across the country. No pit stops at canned meat museums, no national parks. Just a whole lot of Wynebraskowa.”

― Kari Martindale

“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.”

– Jerry Seinfeld

“My therapist and I even have a joke about it: s***is truly f***ed up when I start threatening to take a road trip.”

― Chris Gethard

“I guess the lesson is you can’t go everywhere. You should still go everywhere you can.” 

– Charles Finch

“The Americans have found the healing of God in a variety of things, the most pleasant of which is probably automobile drives.”

― William Saroyan

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” 

– Ernest Hemingway

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

 – John Steinbeck

 “I wonder why it is that when I plan a route too carefully, it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in blissful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction I get through with no trouble.” 

— John Steinbeck

“That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything.”

― John Green

“The concept of time, as it’s commonly understood by normal people with normal jobs and normal goddamn lives, doesn’t exist on the road. The nights spread out like the dark, godforsaken highways that distinguish them, and the days run together like Thanksgiving dinner smothered in gravy. You never really know where you are or what time it is, and the outside world starts to fade away. It’s cool.”

― Tiffanie DeBartolo

“If you’re not lost, you’re not much of an explorer.”

– John Perry Barlow

“It doesn’t matter how old you get, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9 year old was given $100.”

— Source unknown

“Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt, and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions.”

–Jenn McKinlay

“The entire road trip could be summed up as one giant attempt to keep from crashing the car during fits of rage and fits of hysteria.”

– Kari Martindale

“According to the map, we’ve only gone four inches.”

Dumb & Dumber

“In 1903 the Wright brothers invented airplanes, because in 1902 they took a road trip across the country with their family.”

– Bill Engvall

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Road Trip Captions From Songs

“On the road again / Goin’ places that I’ve never been / Seein’ things that I may never see again / And I can’t wait to get on the road again”

– Willie Nelson, “On The Road Again”

“So, remember when we were driving, driving in your car / Speed so fast felt like I was drunk / City lights lay out before us / and your arms felt nice wrapped around my shoulders / and I had a feeling that I belonged / and I had a feeling I could be someone.” 

— Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car”

“Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long / If you’re going my way, I wanna drive it all night long.”

 — Rascal Flatts, “Life Is a Highway”

“I got a blacked out Chevrolet / You don’t have a destination / Traveling where the wind will take us. That might be from place to place.” 

— Khalid, “Let’s Go”

“Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies / Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies / It’s time to leave this town, it’s time to steal away. /Let’s go get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.”

– Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Road Trippin’

“Bobbin’ to the music / This is how we do it, all night (all night) / Breezin’ down the freeway / Just me and my baby, in our ride / Just me and my boss / No worries at all / Listening to the Aston Martin music, music.” 

— Rick Ross, “Aston Martin Music”

“I drove all night to get to you.”

— Cyndi Lauper, “I Drove All Night”

“I’ve never been there but the brochure looks nice / Jump in, let’s go / Lay back, enjoy the show.”

— Sheryl Crow, “Everyday Is A Winding Road”

“Baby, you got the keys / Now shut up and drive”

— Rihanna, “Shut Up and Drive”

“Get your motor runnin’ / Head out on the highway / Lookin’ for adventure…”

– Steppenwolf, “Born to be Wild”

“If you ever plan to motor west / Travel my way, take the highway that is best / Get your kicks on Route sixty six.”

 — Natalie Cole, “Route 66”

Road Trip Caption Ideas

“Always take the scenic route.” – Unknown

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” – Unknown

“Happiness is a road trip.” — Unknown

“I’m not lost. I’m exploring.” – Jana Stanfield

“There’s nowhere to go but everywhere…” – Jack Kerouac

It doesn’t matter where you’re going. It’s who you have beside you.” — Unknown

“Let’s travel where the wifi is weak.” – Unknown

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart!” – Confucius

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” — John Muir

“Fill your life with adventures, not things.” — Unknown

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Little by little, one travels far.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“To the tourist, travel is a means to an end; to the traveller, it’s an end in itself.” — Marty Rubin

“The high road of grace will get you somewhere a whole lot faster then the freeway of spite.” ― Aaron Lauritsen

 “Good friends follow you anywhere.” – Winnie the Pooh

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

Pin These Road Trip Quotes & Captions

150 Captivating Quotes about California (+ Instagram Caption Ideas)

Want to say something beautiful or inspiring about California, but no words come to mind?

Luckily, so many thousands of people have tried to distill the essence of the Golden State into words, and as a result, there are thousands of beautiful California quotes to choose from when words elude you.

As a native Californian, I’ve gathered a list of my favorite literary, beautiful, and funny quotes about California — as well as some pithy and silly California Instagram caption ideas if that’s more up your alley.

Whether you want a beautiful and thoughtful California quote or a good vibes California Instagram caption, this post has what you’re looking for!

Oh, and if you’re looking for something specific, I already have posts on the best quotes about San Francisco and the best quotes about LA as well.

Inspiring & Beautiful Quotes About California

“Dean’s California–wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors.”

― Jack Kerouac

“California, still a magical vanity fair.”

― Eileen Granfors

“The morning, like all San Francisco mornings, promised spring. In California, the seasons come daily: spring, the dewy mornings draped lightly in gray mist; summer, when the sun burns through and rises directly overhead at midday; afternoon autumns, crisp breezy, when colors show off and the air smells clean into twilight; winter is the night.”

― Elizabeth Stark

“Not all clouds fit over the ocean.
Rain finds the lemon tree but rarely

In California. Still a tree knows what to do,
This act of holding still.”

― Emily Vizzo

“In the US imagination, Southern California is a still-wet canvas where seekers who make their way here can paint whatever picture they like against a backdrop of natural beauty.”

― Adonia E. Lugo

“It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I’ve seen, that California sunshine.”

— Angela Carter

“Life is the longest death in California.”

— Rufus Wainwright

“I suddenly realized I was in California. Warm, palmy air – air you can kiss – and palms.”

― Jack Kerouac

“California is where you get to start over.”

― Tracy Chevalier

“To capture a California sunset in South Pasadena is to hold an angel’s wings with bated breath.”

― Ace Antonio Hall

“California was almost entirely a dream, a dream vague but deep in the minds of a westering people.”

― Bernard DeVoto

“In California gold was what God was in the rest of the country: everything, everywhere.”

― Claire Vaye Watkins

“The light was different here in California.”

― Heidi Freestone

“California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see.”

― Woody Guthrie

“When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent.”

– John Muir

“California, where the spring comes in the fall and the fall comes in the summer and the summer comes in the winter and the winter never comes at all.”

– Inez Haynes Irwin

“Every Californian has good reason to be loyal to his native land… And we sons of California always do return; we are always brought back by the potent charm of our native land—back to the soil which gave us birth—and at the last back to Earth, the great mother, from whom we sprung, and on whose bosom we repose our tired bodies when our work is done.”

― Jerome Hart

“Will you take me as I am? Strung out on another man? California, I’m coming home.”

– Joni Mitchell

“I think Northern California is the most beautiful place on earth…. there’s something about the air in San Francisco, for instance. It changes from moment to moment, like one’s thoughts.”

– Hilton Als

“My California sunrise, there’s a real mist in the air. I think of the mountains. You can smell the farm fields. You can smell the dirt and the lights and the whole sun.”

– Jon Pardi

 “Life in California is beautiful.”

– Oscar Nunez

“California to me as a concept or as an idea always seems like endless optimism and endless opportunity.”

– Mark Hoppus

“Nature. That’s the one thing that tips the balance in terms of living here in California. Within minutes, I can be in a desert, at the ocean, in a park, and that’s the most nourishing food for my soul.”

– Lara Pulver

“Always there is a sort of dream of air between you and the hills of California, a veil of unreality in the intervening air. It gives the hills the bloom that peaches have, or grapes in the dew.”

– Stella Benson

“Everything that I’ve gotten and achieved is because of California.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

“If they can’t do it in California, it can’t be done anywhere.”

— Taylor Caldwell

“California is where you get to start over.”

– Tracy Chevalier

“California is where you can’t run any farther without getting wet.”

— Neil Morgan

“I love driving; driving along the California coastline is the best drive in the world.” – Al Jardine

“California is an unbelievable state.”

— Drew Barrymore

“Everything is just better in California – the wine, the food, fruits and vegetables, the comforts of living.”

– Beth Anderson

“I love California. It definitely represents wild freedom.”

– Jenny O

“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.”

– Anthony Bourdain

“The only way we know summer is coming is by the more chilling winds, the increased dust, the tawny color of the hills, and the general dying look of things.”

–Caroline C. Leighton

“When I came to California, it was the mecca of the world. Every young person on the planet wanted to be here.”

– Joni Mitchell

“Well, my thoughts about California are kind of mythological. To me, as well as being a real place, it’s a place where people go to find something – to find happiness or to realize their dreams. So it has that kind of quality of heroism and heartache.”

— Colin Hay

“The mornings along the coast where the fog and mist meet with the salty spray of the seas is one of my favorite smells. I love the smell in the evergreen forest just after it rains.”

— Paul Walker

“Californians try everything once.”

– T. J. MacGregor

“I’d rather be in prison in California than free anywhere else.”

– Inez Haynes Irwin

“There are no old people in California. Nobody ever gets a chance to grow old there. The climate won’t let you. The scenery won’t let you. The life won’t let you.”

– Inez Haynes Irwin

“I arrived in California with no job, no car, and no money, but like millions of other girls, a dream.”

— Victoria Principal

“Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors.”

— Tom Hanks

“East is East, and West is San Francisco.”

— O. Henry

“A bend reveals a sudden vision of San Francisco in shades of blue, a city in a dream, and I was filled with a tremendous yearning to live in that place of blue hills and blue buildings, though I do live there, I had just left there after breakfast.”

— Rebecca Solnit,

“Suddenly [we] reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time.”

— Jack Kerouac

“California, more than any other part of the Union, is a country by itself, and San Francisco a capital.”

— James Bryce

“The writer loves the fog as it pours in; he loves the sun when the fog pours out. The rest of California is Beach Boys country, but San Francisco has that moody thing going on, those blues notes wrapped in moisture, an atmosphere that tempers California dreaming and makes life more real.”

— Eric Maisel

“The best of that So Cal feeling really was something you wished you could bottle.”

― Philip Wyeth

“I wouldn’t leave L.A. if the whole place tipped over into the ocean.”

― Eve Babitz

“The city has a reputation for constant sunshine and warmth, but once the sun is down at night, LA remembers it’s secretly a desert under its newer identity. The cool night air doesn’t care what midday was like.”

― Amy Spalding

“Los Angeles is the City of Dreams, the City of Angels, a city blessed and cursed with a glorious dream and façade of hopes — glitter sprinkled on top if its sprawling expanse. It is a city without a center, a city with a rich and fabled past often bestowed with nostalgic memories not entirely based on fact; an erasure of memory.”

— Gloria Álvarez

“A good part of any day in Los Angeles is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.”

― Joan Didion

Bittersweet & Funny Quotes About California

“California: bordering always on the Pacific and sometimes on the ridiculous.”

– George Carlin

“San Francisco is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and still look beautiful.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

“In Los Angeles, by the time you’re 35, you’re older than most of the buildings.”

–Delia Ephron

“All scenery in California requires distance to give it its highest charm.”

– Mark Twain

“Isn’t it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there?”

— Herb Caen

“Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.”

— John Lennon

“There’s nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn’t cure.”

— Ross MacDonald

“Los Angeles makes the rest of California seem authentic.”

– Jonathan Culler

“There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.”

– Edward Abbey

“When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.”

— Neil Simon

“Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel.”

— Fran Lebowitz

“Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.”

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“California weather is worth all the geniuses in New York.”-

— Marty Rubin

“If you’re in California, and it’s raining, stay home because nobody can drive in the rain. It’s like it’s raining frogs. They’re terrified.”

– Adam Ferrara

“They turned the country up on its side, and everything loose fell into California.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

“They write songs about California girls for a reason.”

— Sarah Mlynowski

“There’s also this weirdness to California, this darkness, it’s a place where people come to follow their dreams and sometimes don’t make it.”

– Mark Hoppus

“If California is a state of mind, Hollywood is where you take its temperature. There is a peculiar sense in which this city existing mainly on film and tape is our national capital, alas, and not just the capital of California. It’s the place where our children learn how and what to dream and where everything happens just before, or just after, it happens to us.”

– Ross Macdonald

“California is a fine place to live – if you happen to be an orange.”

– Fred Allen

“All of a sudden, I feel very old and very tired. Maybe when I get to California, the smog, brush fires, floods, and earthquakes will cheer me up.”

– Erma Bombek

“Everybody knows what California smog is – that’s fog with the vitamins removed.”

– Bob Hope

“California is a queer place in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.”

– D. H. Lawrence

“The apparent ease of California life is an illusion, and those who believe the illusion real live here in only the most temporary way.”

– Joan Didion

“Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe.”

— Emily Mortimer

“Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.”

— Dorothy Parker

“I love Los Angeles. It reinvents itself every 2 days.”

– Billy Connolly

“California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn’t really need. You can quote me on that.”

– Saul Bellow

“California is a place where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors.”

– Walter Winchell

“California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”

― Don DeLillo

“Myths that need clarification: ‘Everyone in California lives on a white, sandy beach.’ False. The only people who live on California beaches are vacationers from Arizona, Utah, and Nevada who own condos.”

― Erma Bombeck

“Secretly, I think everyone who makes fun of California really does want to be in California.”

– Zooey Deschanel

“This is California. Blondes are like the state flower or something.”

– Ian Ziering

“It’s the easiest thing in the world to get to California-you just aim yourself west and start walking.”

― Rae Carson

“The ocean-bordered southern part of California has always been a place of Hollywood make-believe, casual opulence, suntans and jewelry.”

— Dan Jenkins

“Living in California, everyone learns to adapt their actor or actress within.”

― Courtney Carola

“We only have two kinds of weather in California, magnificent and unusual.”

― James M. Cain

“California is full of homesick people.”

― Judy Van Der Veer

“You haven’t lived until you’ve died in California.”

– Mort Sahl

“Everyone who comes to California brings a little of his own state with him. His own old state, regardless of where or when, is always lurking in the back of his memory for comparison with what he finds here.”

― Max Miller

“The state of California itself was now just like me – a free-spirited liberal with a mostly sunny disposition teetering on the edge of financial ruin.”

– Lee Goldberg

“In California the only way to look like you are getting older is to look like you are getting younger…if you can move your forehead over the age of forty, then people become very suspicious.”

― Matt Haig

“Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento.”

-Joan Didion

“Santa Barbara is pleasant. It’s heaven, but with a bit more traffic.”

― Matt Haig

“It’s important to remember something: California is not a state built on moderation. We invented motion pictures. We made an electric sports car. We’re both the brain (Silicon Valley) and the heart (Hollywood, alas) of this great nation, and meanwhile we grow everyone’s strawberries. We’re open to innovation. We’re open to new ideas.”

― Scott Hutchins

“The problem with being a second-generation Californian is you’re not objective about California itself. I think a lot of people come here for the comfort of it, or to reinvent themselves, and maybe creative people are natural searchers, searching for someplace to be.”

― Barbara Isenberg

“Best way to live in California is to be from somewheres else.”

― Cormac McCarthy

“California people are quitters. No offense. It’s just you’ve got restlessness in your blood.”

– Claire Vaye Watkins

“Emotions are like a passing rainstorm: if you live in Southern California, you may never have to experience one.”

― John Alejandro King

“Things are tough all over, cupcake, an’ it rains on the just an’ the unjust alike… except in California.”

― Alan Moore

“It was a splendid population – for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home – you never find that sort of people among pioneers – you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day – and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, “Well, that is California all over.”

― Mark Twain

“Like so many named places in California it was less an identifiable city than a grouping of concepts–census tracts, special purpose bond-issue districts, shopping nuclei, all overlaid with access roads to its own freeway.”

― Thomas Pynchon

“California is about the good life. So a bad life there seems so much worse than a bad life anywhere else. Quality is an obsession there—good food, good wine, good movies, music, weather, cars. Those sound like the right things to shoot for, but the never-ending quality quest is a lot of pressure when you’re uncertain and disorganized and, not least, broker than broke. Some afternoons a person just wants to rent Die Hard, close the curtains, and have Cheerios for lunch.”

― Sarah Vowell

“There are no real Californians. There are only people who live there and people who don’t.”

― Laura Kalpakian

“Southern California, which is shaped somewhat like a coffin, is a giant sanatorium with flowers where people come to be cured of life itself in whatever way …. This is the last stop before the sun gives up and sinks into the black, black ocean, and night – usually starless here – comes down.”

― John Rechy

“Whatever starts in California, unfortunately, has an inclination to spread.”

– Jimmy Carter

“God will break California from the surface of the continent like someone breaking off a piece of chocolate. It will become its own floating paradise of underweight movie stars and dot-commers, like a fat-free Atlantis with superfast Wi-Fi.”

― Laura Ruby

“Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.”

– Erica Jong

“Why don’t you go on west to California? There’s work there, and it never gets cold.”

— John Steinbeck

California Instagram Captions & Song Lyrics

“California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.”

“Nothing comes close to the Golden Coast.”

“Won’t you carry me back to California?”

“Listen to your heart, even if it takes you all the way to California”

“California I’m coming home.”

“California vibes.”

“Crushing on California”

“Golden state of mind”

“West is best”

“Living on the best coast”

“California here we come, right back where we started from”

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50 Great Quotes About Los Angeles (For Instagram Captions & More)

Los Angeles is a city that takes up a lot of space — both physically and metaphorically.

It’s synonymous with California for many, Hollywood looming large in people’s minds when they think of Los Angeles.

But Los Angeles — or L.A., or La La Land, or the City of Angels, or whatever you choose to call it — has an identity beyond its celebrity-studded streets, expensive shops, and Hollywood business.

Here are a few quotes about Los Angeles — some funny, some beautiful, some slightly negative (I couldn’t help including them — I’m a Northern Californian who enjoys every chance to stoke our rivalry!) — to help you find words for this curious and beautiful California city.

Beautiful & Funny Quotes about Los Angeles

“When I came to Los Angeles, it was the first time that I ever felt like I belong somewhere.”

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

“People cut themselves off from their ties of their old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else.”

–Tom Bradley

“An afternoon drive from Los Angeles will take you up into the high mountains, where eagles circle above the forests and the cold blue lakes, or out over the Mojave Desert, with its weird vegetation and immense vistas. Not very far away are Death Valley, and Yosemite, and Sequoia Forest with its giant trees which were growing long before the Parthenon was built; they are the oldest living things in the world. One should visit such places often, and be conscious, in the midst of the city, of their surrounding presence. For this is the real nature of California and the secret of its fascination; this untamed, undomesticated, aloof, prehistoric landscape which relentlessly reminds the traveller of his human condition and the circumstances of his tenure upon the earth.

― Christopher Isherwood

“In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.”

– Denzel Washington

“Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe.”

— Emily Mortimer

“Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.”

— Dorothy Parker

“I love Los Angeles. It reinvents itself every 2 days.”

–Billy Connolly

“Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really dropped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically — any way you want to look at it — everybody in L.A. keeps a bag packed. Just in case.”

– Michael Connelly

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

— Andy Warhol

“Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls.”

— Ice T.

“The best of that So Cal feeling really was something you wished you could bottle.”

― Philip Wyeth

“You’re not done with L.A. until L.A. is done with you.”

― Philip Elliott

“Los Angeles, you’ve got to be more than the sum of your hats.”

― Dan Johnson

“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

“I wouldn’t leave L.A. if the whole place tipped over into the ocean.”

― Eve Babitz

“The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues as surfers’ bathing suits. It was beautiful deception, Bosch thought, as he drove north on the Hollywood Freeway to home. Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story.”

― Michael Connelly

“The city has a reputation for constant sunshine and warmth, but once the sun is down at night, LA remembers it’s secretly a desert under its newer identity. The cool night air doesn’t care what midday was like.”

― Amy Spalding

“This is Los Angeles. There’s always an alternate route.”

― David Kipen

“Los Angeles was built as a machine of transformation.”

― Dan Johnson

“Los Angeles is the City of Dreams, the City of Angels, a city blessed and cursed with a glorious dream and façade of hopes — glitter sprinkled on top if its sprawling expanse. It is a city without a center, a city with a rich and fabled past often bestowed with nostalgic memories not entirely based on fact; an erasure of memory.”

— Gloria Álvarez

“Darling, in LA, you decide who you are. Every neighborhood has its own culture and population. Once you find the right one for you, you’re home. Los Angeles is a way of life.”

― Cara Dee

“A good part of any day in Los Angeles is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.”

― Joan Didion

“There are times when Los Angeles is the most magical city on Earth. When the Santa Ana winds sweep through and the air is warm and so, so clear. When the jacaranda trees bloom in the most brilliant lilac violet. When the ocean sparkles on a warm February day and you’re pushing fine grains of sand through your bare toes while the rest of the country is hunkered down under blankets slurping soup. But other times, like when the jacaranda trees drop their blossoms in an eerie purple rain, Los Angeles feels like only a half-formed dream. Like perhaps the city was founded as a strip mall in the early 1970s and has no real reason to exist. An afterthought from the designer of some other, better city. A playground made only for attractive people to eat expensive salads.”

― Steven Rowley

Funny Quotes, Digs, and Jokes about Los Angeles

“Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic.”

– Norman Mailer

“See, that’s the thing about L.A.— When you’ve mastered the art of feeling lonely in a room full of people, that’s when you know.”

― Kris Kidd

“In Los Angeles, everything is 100% organic, except the people.”

― Kris Kidd

“Los Angeles is a city made up of refugees from better cities.”

― J. Richard Singleton

“Isn’t it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there?”

― Herb Caen

“I do love America. And LA is a very short commute to America; it’s like half an hour on the plane.”

– Craig Ferguson

“In Los Angeles, one laughs to survive, enjoys oneself not to enhance life but in order to live at all. That society is so vaporous and tenuous that the only alternative to a spiral of loneliness and fear is a self-contained, steady, pleasurably focused attitude. The L.A. cogito: I laugh, therefore I am.”

— Peter Schjeldahl

“Los Angeles has no seasons, so it’s kind of hard to keep track of time here. The lines between spring, summer, fall, and winter all blur like my vision. I get stuck on repeat for different measures of eternity.”

–Kris Kudd

“I soon learned that my dad wasn’t totally off base when he said, ‘Los Angeles is like San Diego’s older, uglier sister that has herpes…. Also, how do I get back to I-5?'”

— Justin Halpern

“It’s [Los Angeles] mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania. They think they’ll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren’t even young and beautiful now.”

— Christopher Hitchens

“Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.”

— Henry Miller

“When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.”

— Neil Simon

“I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need.”

— Lady Gaga

“Marriages that last are with people who do not live in Los Angeles.”

— Farrah Fawcett

“Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel.”

— Fran Lebowitz

“You know, you’re really nobody in LA unless you live in a house with a really big door.”

— Steve Martin

 “LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.”

– Jack Kerouac

“In Los Angeles, people dress with the deep and earnest hope that people will do nothing but stare at them.”

–Ellie Kemper

“Los Angeles makes the rest of California seem authentic.”

– Jonathan Culler

“The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.”

― Rick Riordan

“In Los Angeles, by the time you’re 35, you’re older than most of the buildings.”

–Delia Ephron

“The first thing you notice about L.A. is that it’s overflowing with people, tourists, the homeless, the starstruck, it was like an old fashioned boom town, a few ghosts wandered it’s streets but it was still booming, if L.A. lived off the people that were successful, the city would be awfully empty.”

― Jim Cherry

Breezy Los Angeles Instagram Captions

Those quotes all a little too harsh and/or literary for your LA Instagram caption?

I’ve got a few kinder quotes, sayings, and phrases about LA that are perfect for a Los Angeles Instagram caption!

In a golden state of mind

California dreamin’

They don’t call it the Best Coast for nothing

California girls, we’re unforgettable!

Nothing comes close to the golden coast

Welcome to the Hotel California!