We’ve all felt it. That need to find new frontiers. That itch to see the world afresh. The desire to discover.

Some of us feel it more than others. History’s greatest explorers, from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, set out for parts unknown, risking it all to seek adventure, knowledge and their inner selves. No matter where your personal journey takes you, their words remain inspiring. 

Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again. – Captain James Cook, British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy who achieved the first recorded European contact with Australia and the Hawaiian Islands

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. – Freya Stark, British explorer and travel writer who was one of the first non-Arabians to travel through the southern Arabian Deserts

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer who (along with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay) first climbed Mount Everest

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.  – John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. – Neil Armstrong, American astronaut and the first man on the moon

I will go anywhere as long as it is forward. – David Livingstone, Scottish explorer in Africa