Daniel Boone was an early American frontiersman who played a crucial role in the American westward expansion, notably through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains.
Boone wasn’t formally educated but was a skilled reader and writer. He didn’t discover Kentucky but did gain in-depth knowledge about it through multiple expeditions.
In 1773, his attempt to relocate to Kentucky was thwarted when his group was attacked by Cherokee Indians, resulting in the death of two, including Boone’s son James.
In 1775, employed by the Transylvania Company, Boone and 28 others paved the Wilderness Road, a key route into Kentucky. This enabled the establishment of early Kentucky settlements.
Boone’s military exploits during the American Revolution further elevated his stature, especially his rescue of settlers captured by Indians and his defense of Boonesborough during an 11-day siege in 1778.
Despite his leadership, Boone faced financial challenges, frequently failing to secure land claims.
His fame was immortalized posthumously in Lord Byron’s poem “Don Juan” and various cultural mediums, with numerous locations named in his honor.
Let’s go through some of the best quotes by Daniel Boone.
Best Daniel Boone Quotes
It isn’t how you die. It’s what you live for. ~ Daniel Boone.
I have never been lost but I was bewildered once for three days. ~ Daniel Boone.
Nature was here a series of wonders, and a fund of delight. ~ Daniel Boone.
Lightning does not often strike twice in the same place. ~ Daniel Boone.
I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences. ~ Daniel Boone.
In this time the enemy began to undermine our fort, which was situated sixty yards from Kentucky River. ~ Daniel Boone.
I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below. ~ Daniel Boone.
I’m going now. My time has come. ~ Daniel Boone.
In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy. ~ Daniel Boone
Have I made my peace with God? I didn’t know we’d quarreled! ~ Daniel Boone.
In this situation I was constantly exposed to danger and death. ~ Daniel Boone.
Top Daniel Boone Quotes
One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought. ~ Daniel Boone.
Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune. ~ Daniel Boone.
A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors. ~ Daniel Boone.
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections. ~ Daniel Boone.
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is. ~ Daniel Boone.
Famous Daniel Boone Quotes
I wouldn’t give a tinker’s damn for a man who isn’t sometimes afraid. Fear’s the spice that makes it interesting to go ahead. ~ Daniel Boone.
We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves. ~ Daniel Boone.
I’ve opened the way for others to make fortunes, but a fortune for myself was not what I was after. ~ Daniel Boone.
Many heroic exploits and chivalrous adventures are related to me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man. ~ Daniel Boone.
The religion I have to love and fear God, believe in Jesus Christ, do all the good to my neighbor, and myself that I can, do as little harm as I can help, and trust on God’s mercy for the rest. ~ Daniel Boone.
Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations; and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand! ~ Daniel Boone.
Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place. ~ Daniel Boone.
Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day. ~ Daniel Boone.
Having an exciting destination is like setting a needle in your compass. From then on, the compass knows only one point – its ideal. And it will faithfully guide you there through the darkest nights and fiercest storms. ~ Daniel Boone.
During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home. ~ Daniel Boone.
On the fourth day of July following, a party of about two hundred Indians attacked Boonsborough, killed one man, and wounded two. ~ Daniel Boone.
Popular Daniel Boone Quotes
In the decline of the day, near Kentucky river, as we ascended the brow of a small hill, a number of Indians rushed out of a thick cane-brake upon us, and made us prisoners. ~ Daniel Boone.
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections. Let these influencing powers actuate, by the permission or disposal of Providence, from selfish or social views, yet in time the mysterious will of Heaven is unfolded, and we behold our conduct, from whatever motives excited, operating to answer the important designs of heaven. ~ Daniel Boone.
I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. ~ Daniel Boone.
May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition! ~ Daniel Boone.
All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. ~ Daniel Boone Quotes.
I was never lost in the woods in my whole life, though once I was confused for three days. ~ Daniel Boone.
Thus we behold Kentucky, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent. ~ Daniel Boone.
So these were the 35 top Daniel Boone quotes and sayings.