What are some quotes from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe relating to the theme of adventure?

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Even after his initial shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is obsessed with travel and takes another ship to Africa. This is the most important journey he takes, for it allows him to gain valuable knowledge that will serve to keep him alive later in life:

...I got a competent knowledge of the mathematics and the rules of navigation... in a word, this voyage made me both a sailor and a merchant; for I brought home five pounds nine ounces of gold-dust for my adventure.

Of course, this rise must be coupled with a fall, and so Robinson is promptly capture by pirates and sold into slavery. His owner does not seem to be a brutal or cruel man, but simply a slaveowner.

...I was in hopes that he would take me with him when he went to sea again... But... when he went to sea, he left me on shore to look after his little garden, and do the common drudgery of slaves about his house.
(Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, eNotes eText)

Even as a slave, Robinson yearns for ocean travel; it is as if he would be content to live on the ocean even as a slave as long as he is not reduced to common labor, which, of course, he is. This lust for travel and hatred of being confined leads to his escape, and then to his most important shipwreck that leads to his long solitude on the island. Robinson's lust for personal freedom allows him to trick his captors, and the seafaring knowledge he gained earlier gives him the ability to sail away in a manner that throws off pursuit.

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His initial "adventures" takes a lot of the young Robinson Crusoe's passion out of him, so most of the relevant quotes come in the first two chapters. For example:

My father... designed me for the law; but I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea.

Because of his older brother who was killed in action during the Franco-Spanish war, young Robinson wants to sail the ocean and seek adventure. His father, having lost two sons already, cautions him against it, but since they are a wealthy family, Robinson avoids learning a specific trade and becomes a practical dilettante.

He told me it was men of desperate fortunes on one hand, or of aspiring, superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures... that these things were all either too far above me or too far below me.
(Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, eNotes eText)

Of course, this sort of speech only fuels Robinson's desire for adventure. He feels sympathy for his father, but his own desires are paramount, and so he jumps a ship heading for London. From this point, all events seem designed to keep him from sailing further, but he is stubborn, and continues to sail even through a shipwreck and slavery to pirates; his most famous shipwreck comes only after years of rising and falling fortunes. Similar quotes are often tinged with regret, as the older and wiser Robinson Crusoe looks back on his life and examines his choices with a more objective eye.

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