95 Desert Quotes and Sayings to Get Lost in the Wilds

A desert is a region with exceptionally low precipitation levels, resulting in a harsh arid terrain with limited flora.

Deserts might be hot or cold, but they all have one thing in common: they get very little rain.

A desert could mean tranquility and solitude in a metaphorical or symbolic meaning.

Deserts’ wide open landscapes, quiet, and relative isolation may create feelings of loneliness and reflection.


Because they are devoid of the distractions and chaos of regular life, deserts may be places of self-discovery, introspection and spiritual growth.

Top 10 Desert Quotes


A forest is mystery but the desert is truth. Life pared to the bone. ~ Keith Miller.


The desert’s an old dream of the sea. ~ Holly Ringland.


The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God. ~ Jan Majernik.


Madness plants mirrors in the desert. I find the means frightening. ~ Floriano Martins.


The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body. ~ Jean Baudrillard.


If you spend enough time in the desert, you will hear it speak. ~ Nnedi Okorafor.


Magic of the shadows can best be seen in the deserts. ~ Mehmet Murat İldan.


The desert, when the sun comes up. I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began. ~ Tom Hanks.


I have this personal affinity for the desert. I am fascinated by the desert. I love it. ~ Erika Slezak.


The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy. ~ Paulo Coelho.

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Famous Desert Quotes

I saw the desert, it grew upon me. There are times, when I have sorrows, that I hunger and thirst for it. ~ Isabel Burton.

When you’re in the desert, you look into infinity… It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big. ~ David Lean.


I shivered in those solitudes when I heard the voice of the salt in the desert. ~ Pablo Neruda.

Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert. ~ Frank Herbert.

The field of the soul must be watered by the rain with tears of love; otherwise, it will become a desert. ~ Sorin Cerin.


The desert surrounds your every step and you walk forever a thirsty man. ~ Christopher Pike.

I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty. ~ Joy Harjo.

All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. ~ Paulo Coelho.

Water is a desert’s gold. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.


In the desert, the line between life and death is sharp and quick. ~ Brian Herbert.

Nothing is all bad. There are very beautiful flowers in the desert amidst the spikes and thorns. Just don’t let them take over. In the garden of love there is little room for prickly things. ~ Kate McGahan.


The true call of the desert, of the mountains, or the sea, is their silence – free of the networks of dead speech. ~ Freya Stark.

Inspiring Desert Quotes

You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst. ~ William Langewiesche.


On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don’t stop. ~ Paulo Coelho.


Everything that ever happened to me that was important happened in the desert. ~ Michael Ondaatje.

This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought. ~ T. E. Lawrence.

Desert is simply that: an ecstatic critique of culture, an ecstatic form of disappearance. ~ Jean Baudrillard.

There were no lies here. All fancies fled away. That’s what happened in all deserts. It was just you, and what you believed. ~ Terry Pratchett.


Any thoughts of guilt, any feelings of regret, had faded. The desert had baked them out. ~ Stephen King.

Beautiful Desert Quotes

Life is a desert of shifting sand dunes. Unpredictable. Erratic. Harmony changes into dissonance, the immediate outlives the profound, esoteric becomes cliched. And vice versa. ~ Ella Leya.

If my love were an ocean, there would be no more land. If my love were a desert, you would see only sand. If my love were a star- late at night, only light. ~ Jay Asher.

Let the desert wind cool your aching head. Let the weight of the world – drift away instead. ~ Beck.


The desert tells a different story every time one ventures on it. ~ Robert Edison Fulton Jr.

Let those desert places in our hearts bloom. ~ Pope Francis.

I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch. ~ Ella Maillart.

The desert was clairvoyant, this is what he’d always believed, that the landscape unravels and reveals, it knows future as well as past. ~ Don DeLillo.

Best Desert Quotes


A desert is a place without expectation. ~ Nadine Gordimer.

But in the desert, in the pure clean atmosphere, in the silence – there you can find yourself. ~ Father Dioscuros.

A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.


A rose in a desert can only survive on its strength, not its beauty. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.

Take care that the voice of God and the Devil sound one and the same in the desert. Trust your instincts. You were not put on this earth to be naïve, blindly optimistic, or passive; you are here to be vigilant, to survive. ~ M.B. Dallocchio.

The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom. ~ Edward Abbey.

Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit. ~ Taisen Deshimaru.

Inspirational Desert Quotes

Once again, there was the desert, and that only. ~ Stephen King.


In the desert, the only god is a well. ~ Vera Nazarian.

No law. No order. No time or space. The danger was the desert’s breath, and the landscape changed with every wind. ~ Zita Steele.

The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes. That’s the way it will be with our love for each other. ~ Paulo Coelho.


What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

When you are young, there is so much ahead of you, it’s like the Saharan desert. You can’t even see across it. ~ Henry Rollins.

The desert sharpened the sweet ache of his longing, amplified it, gave shape to it in sere geology and clean slant of light. ~ Jon Krakauer.

It is true there is a scent in the desert, though there may be no flower or tree or blade of grass within miles. It is the essence of the untrodden, untarnished earth herself! ~ Rosita Forbes.


Being in the desert was brilliant and it was hard. ~ Toni Collette.

We all have our own deserts. That may not be the same as my desert, but we all have to cross them to find a purpose in life and be free. ~ Yeonmi Park.

In the desert of the heart, tears do not touch the ground. ~ Charles de Leusse.

The desert became grim, dark, and foreboding. A silence of death lay over the land, and it seemed as though the very stars held their breath and twinkled no more. ~ Alan Kinros.


Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light. ~ Joyce Carol Oates.

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote. ~ Edward Abbey.

Powerful Desert Quotes

For all the toll the desert takes of a man, it gives compensations, deep breaths, deep sleep, and the communion of the stars. ~ Mary Hunter Austin.


This is the sense of the desert hills, that there is room enough and time enough. ~ Mary Hunter Austin.

I knew I was a grain of sand in the vast desert that never ended and he was a sparkling star in the sky. ~ Aleena Yasin.

I left a piece of my soul that will always rightfully belong in the desert. ~ M.B. Dallocchio.


You can’t fight the desert. You have to ride with it. ~ Louis L’Amour.

The desert shatters the soul’s arrogance and leaves body and soul crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die. ~ Dan B. Allender.

I would not sacrifice a single living mesquite tree for any book ever written. One square mile of living desert is worth a hundred ‘great books’ – and one brave deed is worth a thousand. ~ Edward Abbey.

Positive Desert Quotes


The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God. ~ Carlo Carretto.

The desert could not be claimed or owned- it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names. ~ Michael Ondaatje.

The desert is so vast that no one can know it all. Men go out into the desert, and they are like ships at sea. No one knows when they will return. ~ Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.


The thing about tears is that they can be as quiet as a cloud floating across the desert sky. ~ Benjamin Alire Saenz.

It is like being in the desert. At first, you listen to the absence of sounds and call it silence. Then suddenly you may be taken by the presence of stillness where you are one with listening to itself. ~ Jean Klein.

It is easier to accept the message of the stars than the message of the salt desert. The stars speak of man’s insignificance in the long eternity of time. The desert speaks of his insignificance right now. ~ Edwin Way Teale.


I was like a desert and she came into my life as the storm. ~ Avijeet Das.

Love is wild; its whole beauty is in its wildness. It comes like a breeze with great fragrance, fills your heart, and suddenly where there was a desert there is a garden full of flowers. ~ Osho.

The desert is so huge, and the horizon so distant, that they make a person feel small, and as if he should remain silent. ~ Paulo Coelho.

Thought-Provoking Desert Quotes


Without music, life is a journey through a desert. ~ Pat Conroy.

The breeze across the desert as the light died was so sweet she could almost drink it. ~ Mike Bond.

If a flower can flourish in the desert, you can flourish anywhere. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.


The magic of the desert is hard to define. ~ Henno Martin.

The desert sings of loss, always loss, and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed, it will grieve you too. ~ Nafiza Azad.


The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts. ~ Khaled Hosseini.

Deserts are barren, inhospitable places. The very word conjures an image of featureless and dunes stretching beautiful but terrible for as far as the eye can see. ~ Michael Allaby.


The immense desert, empty as a bird’s wing, inspired him with promise. ~ Mike Bond.

The desert still has a memory of water. And that memory is a living thing. It is infused into the sand. It is part of its essence. ~ Thomas Lloyd Qualls.

A man in a desert can hold absence in his cupped hands, knowing it is something that feeds him more than water. ~ Michael Ondaatje.

Insightful Desert Quotes

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air. ~ Paul Hoffman.


I love the desert and its incomparable sense of space. ~ Robyn Davidson.

Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul. ~ Edward Counsel.


Desert… is a very good place to find yourself. Or lose yourself. ~ Maynard James Keenan.

In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen. ~ Mehmet Murat İldan.

The desert sky is encircling, majestic, terrible. ~ Paul Shepard.

If seeds waited for perfect conditions to grow, there would be no plants in the desert. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.

So these were the 95 top quotes about Deserts.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Forest quotes and Cloud quotes.


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