33 Courageous Bear Grylls Quotes About Survival

Bear Grylls is most commonly known for doing the things most people spend their life not ever having to do. And what’s better still, it’s all recorded and watchable on TV.

Former military man Grylls stars on TV, putting himself into very dangerous scenarios in the wild, and showing you how to learn the skills you need to survive. Situations like being deep in the jungle, or the desert, and knowing how to survive without food, water or shelter.

Here’s our powerful collection of courageous Bear Grylls quotes:


33 Courageous Bear Grylls Quotes

1. “All my life the only thing I’ve been good at has been climbing and throwing myself off big things.” – Bear Grylls

2. “Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” – Bear Grylls

3. “A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.” – Bear Grylls

4. “You only get one chance at life and you have to grab it boldly.” – Bear Grylls

5. “My faith is an important part of my life and over the years I’ve learnt that it takes a proud man to say he doesn’t need anything. It has been a quiet strength and a backbone through a lot of difficult times.” – Bear Grylls

6. “Nobody wants to end up super rich and famous – but divorced. I’m always clear on that and try to stay on the right side of the line.” – Bear Grylls

7. “I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me.” – Bear Grylls

8. “To me, adventure has always been to me the connections and bounds you create with people when you’re there. And you can have that anywhere.” – Bear Grylls

9. “Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.” – Bear Grylls


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10. “The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.” – Bear Grylls

11. “Look, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, sometimes you need a bit of luck.” – Bear Grylls

12. “I find skydiving really hard. I broke my back while skydiving when I was in the military, and for 18 months all my nightmares were about falling.” – Bear Grylls

13. “That feeling when you’re so cold you’d give anything to be warm – I’ve had it before, literally huddled around a candle flame on an ice sheet.” Bear Grylls

14. “Survival requires us to leave our prejudices at home. It’s about doing whatever it takes – and ultimately those with the biggest heart will win.” – Bear Grylls

15. “The truth is, I need 10 lifetimes to scratch the surface of the things I’d love to do.” – Bear Grylls


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“The hardest thing about my job isn’t the snake bites or the crocodiles, it’s being away from my children. I have a really religious satellite phone call every day back to the boys, wherever we are, whatever time zone, to say goodnight.” – Bear Grylls


17. “The rewards of the wild and the rewards of the survivor go to those who can dig deep, and, ultimately, to the guy who can stay alive.” – Bear Grylls

18. “As a young boy, scouting gave me a confidence and camaraderie that is hard to find in modern life.” – Bear Grylls

19. “The rules of survival never change, whether you’re in a desert or in an arena.” – Bear Grylls

20. “Accidents on big mountains happen when people’s ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride.” – Bear Grylls

21. “Well, wolves will pretty rarely hunt. You’re vulnerable if you’re on your own or injured. But for lone wolves, get up high, show them that you’re not injured, face ’em off, be authoritarian with it, and look ’em in the eye.” – Bear Grylls


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22. “Survival is not about being fearless. It’s about making a decision, getting on and doing it, because I want to see my kids again, or whatever the reason might be.” – Bear Grylls

23. “That feeling when you’re so cold you’d give anything to be warm – I’ve had it before, literally huddled around a candle flame on an ice sheet.” – Bear Grylls

24. “The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself.” – Bear Grylls

25. “I loved climbing because of the freedom, and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time, thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it.” – Bear Grylls


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“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” – Bear Grylls


27. “Our fate is determined by how far we are prepared to push ourselves to stay alive – the decisions we make to survive. We must do whatever it takes to endure and make it through alive.” – Bear Grylls

28. “Life’s full of lots of dream-stealers always telling you you need to do something more sensible. I think it doesn’t matter what your dream is, just fight the dream-stealers and hold onto it.” – Bear Grylls

29. “Some of the greatest survivors have been women. Look at the courage so many women have shown after surviving earthquakes in the rubble for days on end.” – Bear Grylls

30. “I exercise about 40 minutes a day, and I’ll run one day and do circuit training the next day. I live in an area where there are brilliant hills and mountains, so I get a good hill run with my dog. At home, I’ll do the circuit training with old weights, along with pull-ups in the trees and that sort of stuff.” – Bear Grylls


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31. “Life has taught me to be very cautious of a man with a dream, especially a man who has teetered on the edge of life. It gives a fire and recklessness inside that is hard to quantify.” – Bear Grylls

32. “I come from a line of self-motivated, determined folk – not grand, not high society, but no-nonsense, family-minded go-getters.” – Bear Grylls

33. “I’ve fallen down crevasses, been bitten by snakes, been knocked unconscious, had various limbs broken and once, a heavy camera came plunging down which very nearly decapitated me.” – Bear Grylls


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