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Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker's Book of Quotes is written and compiled by Jonathan J. Wunrow. Wunrow is a mountain climber, one of those intrepid souls who crave extreme sports. Collecting risk-taker related quotes has been a hobby of his for most of his life. He's organized them for extreme sports fans and anyone else who's still alive and ready for adventure. While many of the quotes are from mountaineering greats such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, George Leigh Mallory, (and one is even taken from Robert Scott's diary found in the hut where he and his team died), other contributors are from all walks of life and cultures. There are quotes from Helen Keller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Robert Frost, Dante, and Barack Obama. In his introductions to each section, Wunrow discusses why some take extreme risks, how it impacts on their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and how taking risks can make one feel truly alive.
There are a lot of quotes in Jonathan J. Wunrow's remarkable collection and it won't matter if you've never even been near a mountain or risked edging the speedometer of your car a mile or two over the speed limit. There are quotes in here that will speak directly to you. Some will make you laugh while others, such as the above-mentioned passage from Scott's diary, will make you stop and think, reread, and consider the mindset of the man who wrote it. One passage strongly affected me and I was quite surprised to see the author was Mother Teresa. Wunrow suggests making copies of your favorites, or the ones that might inspire you to create your own adventure or thrill, and I intend on doing just that. This book is quite aptly titled for it is an adventure inward and an inspirational call to live life fully. Settle in for a read, and listen to the voices collected in Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker's Book of Quotes. They have a lot to say and it's all well worth hearing.