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The 38 Best Quotes About Mountains, Climbing

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What is a mountain if not a calling?

Mountains call us to climb new heights and become better versions of ourselves.

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.Edward Abbey


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.John Muir

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.Georges Simenon

When preparing to climb a mountain, pack a light heart.Dan May

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.Dag Hammarskjold

Men go back to the mountains… because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out.Abram T. Collier

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.Robert W. Service

Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.John Muir

I was born on this mountain, this mountains my home, she holds me and keeps me from worry and woe.Steve Earle

There ain’t a single good reason to climb a mountain. Well, except to have fun.Iron Mike Smith

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.Aldous Huxley


The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.Victor Hugo

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.William Blake

If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.Vera Nazarian

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.Barry Finlay

By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.Robert Macfarlane

Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.Anatoli Boukreev

The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble — to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consumer nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself.Philip Connors

May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.Harley King

Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.John Muir

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.Hermann Buhl

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.Ansel Adams

In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.Rusty Baille

Any coward can sit at home and criticize a pilot for flying into a mountain in a fog. But I would rather by far die on a mountainside than in bed.Charles Lindbergh

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!Dr. Seuss

If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.Wilfrid Noyce

When you ride your bike, you’re working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. When you play chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it’s flowing all the time.Pat Ament

Climbing is one of the few sports in which the arena (the cliffs, the mountains and their specific routes) acquire a notoriety that outpopulates, outshines and outlives the actual athletes.Jonathan Waterman

The bizarre trend in mountaineers is not the risk they take, but the large degree to which they value life. They are not crazy because they don’t dare, they’re crazy because they do. These people tend to enjoy life to the fullest, laugh the hardest, travel the most, and work the least.Lisa Morgan

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.Sir Martin Convay

I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak.Sir Leslie Stephen

A mountain has no need for people, but people do need mountains. We go to them for their beauty, for the exhilaration of standing closer to mysterious skies, for the feeling of triumph that comes from having labored to reach a summit.Earl Hamner, Jr.

Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.Daniel Webster

The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain — he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem — he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.William Arthur Ward

The mountains are calling and I must go.John Muir

I’m always looking for a new challenge. There are a lot of mountains to climb out there. When I run out of mountains, I’ll build a new one.Sylvester Stallone

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