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An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. The term is often used to refer to activities with some potential for physical danger, such as skydiving, mountain climbing and or participating in extreme sports. The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, a love affair, or other major life undertakings.


  • We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us — the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.
  • My dear, life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate. Adventures do occur, but not punctually.
  • Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
    • Edwin Hubble, "The Exploration of Space", Harper's Magazine, Volume 158 (May 1929), p. 732
  • Adventures never happen now-a-days; there are neither knights nor highwaymen; no lonely heaths, with gibbets, for finger-posts; no hope of even a dangerous rut, or a steep hill; romance and roads are alike macadamised; no young ladies are either run away with, or run over; —
  • Christopher Robin was sitting outside his door, putting on his Big Boots. As soon as he saw the Big Boots, Pooh knew that an Adventure was about to happen, and he brushed the honey off his nose with the back of his paw, and spruced himself up as well as he could, so as to look Ready for Anything.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922)


Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 9.

  • Some bold adventurers disdain
    The limits of their little reign,
    And unknown regions dare descry.
  • * * * and now expecting
    Each hour their great adventurer, from the search
    Of foreign worlds.
  • Qui ne s'adventure n'a cheval ny mule, ce dist Salomon.—Qui trop, dist Echephron, s'adventure—perd cheval et mule, respondit Malcon.
    • He who has not an adventure has not horse or mule, so says Solomon.—Who is too adventurous, said Echephron,—loses horse and mule, replied Malcon.
    • Rabelais, Gargantua, Book I, Chapter 33
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