Mountains Quotes

40 Inspirational Quotes about Mountains

Since I remember I’ve always been in love with the mountains. They’ve always been with me, even in my earliest childhood. I know people who fell in love with mountains in their adult life. I had a privilege to be taught that by my father. But – be aware – as Irish say “marry a mountain girl and you marry the whole mountain”. What you can find below is a humble compilation of my favorite mountain quotes. Enjoy!

My Favorite Mountain Quotes

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Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” (Jeffrey Rasley)

“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.” (the three rules of mountaineering)

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

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.” (Edmund Hillary)

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.” (William Blake)

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” (John Muir)

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” (Barry Finlay)

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” (Sir Edmund Hillary)

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“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)

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.” (Donald Miller)

“You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.” (Lito Tejada-Flores)

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” (Ed Viesturs)

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” (Anatoli Boukreev)

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

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” (Nemann 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)

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

“When the wind calls, you know, that somewhere in the mountains, it has found the answers that you were looking for. The pull of the horizon overcomes the inertia of reason…And you just have to go.” (Vikram Oberoi)

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” (Greg Child)

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” (Tennessee Williams)

“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)

“…by bringing myself over the edge and back, I discovered a passion to live my days fully, a conviction that will sustain me like sweet water on the periodically barren plain of our short lives.” (Jonathan Waterman)

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

“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’m a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky, that’s me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I’d die; I don’t know what of, I just knew I’d die.” (John Marsden)

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” (John Muir)

“A lone peak of high point is a natural focal point in the landscape, something by which both travelers and local orient themselves. In the continuum of landscape, mountains are discontinuity – culminating in high points, natural barriers, unearthly earth.” (Rebecca Solnit)

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.” (Morihei Ueshiba)

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” (John Ruskin)

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“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” (Richard M. Nixon)

“This mountain, the arched back of the earth risen before us, it made me feel humble, like a beggar, just lucky to be here at all, even briefly.” (Bridget Asher)

“I like geography best, he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.” (Brian Andreas)

“Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top.” (Joseph Smith, Jr.)

“The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.” (Sam Cummings)

“Distant hills look green.“ (Irish Proverb)

“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.“ (Friedrich Neitszche)

“In a flat country a hillock thinks itself a mountain.” (Turkish Proverb)

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” (Sir Martin Convay)


“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)

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As I was compiling the list I found out that the best quotes are all by one author – John Muir. Of course, led by curiosity, I googled this gentleman out and this is what I’ve found:

John Muir (1838 –1914) Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions.  – no doubts about that!

The mountains are calling and I must go.” (John Muir)

As we all know everyone can „understand mountains” in his own way and climbing for all of us means something different. If you have your favorite quote about mountains that is not mentioned here, please write it in the comments below! Thanks in advance! (P.S. literal translation from Polish is “Thank you from the mountain”) 😉


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  1. this has been wonderful knowing how much their is to make a mind change and go with the mountains.

  2. Hi, nice quotes. Here if you want is some more 😉

  3. Love this post Isabella. Glad to see someone in love with mountains as much as me 🙂

  4. JC

    everyone !!!! come to India…land of Himalayas.. the highest mountains in the world.!!!!

  5. If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view

  6. Glad I came upon this list. Having been born and raised with Mountains in my presence, traveling to the midwest once and no Mountains close, I found myself constantly searching, looking for a Mountain and it was scary knowing I didn’t have that comfort of one close, my security blanket.

    • Haha, I kinda know how you feel. Where I was born Mountains were just outside the window. Where I live now I need to drive at least 5 hours to hike any hill… 😉

  7. climbing the mountains brought me to discover how beautiful Philippine Islands is. The summit is now my relaxation point.

  8. Thanks for having gathered all these nice quotes in one place.
    I born in Europe but live in the Indian Himalayas for the last 4 years. So great !
    I set up a social enterprise there with a mission to promote sustainable development in the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park.
    Thanks again 😉

  9. Thanks Isabella!!!

  10. I remember grandma’s mountains growing up and still to this day a beautiful sense of peace comes over me when i think of
    them and all their beauty….I don’t live close, but when I need to
    relax that is where I think of…thanks for the quotes….

  11. Thanks. Love mountains and love these quotes!!

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  13. Jesus walked on water, but he went up on the mountain to pray.

  14. willis ondijo

    I have never known a mountain can be comparred to our natural circles.Am greatfull. post to me more quotes.

  15. Just one word: Beautiful ! 🙂

  16. <3 John Muir!
    Thanks for you work assembling these quotes!

  17. Small stones will only makes a BIG mountain

  18. Lovely collection of quotes and mountains, thanks so much it has been fun to read.

  19. Thanks for sharing such a great collection bank of quotes,

  20. We’re all drawn to different places, and I’ve always been mountain girl. I think of them all day, and sometimes ask myself if it’s a little less dangerous and perhaps more sustainable to find absolute ecstatic bliss by falling madly in love with landscapes rather than people as it’s also immensely grounding in every sense of the word? I want to explore them, sleep inside the heat and cold of them, experience all their seasons, share their crooked, winding, wild paths, and grow with them alongside me. They’ve always felt like gorgeous, undeniable mystery and home all at once. The mountains. -Victoria Erickson

    When your a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and beauty of contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher. How something can be grounding yet elevating, intoxicating yet soothing, wild yet serene, intensely primal yet patient, and cycling yet predictable within shifts, and rhythms. mountains keep us on the edge yet wrap us in the sensation of safety all at once. I don’t know of anything sweeter or more magic Inducing than that – Victoria Erickson

  21. Thanks for posting this great and inspiring article. hope u dont mind if i reshare it in my fanspage 🙂

  22. If anyone loves the mountain, Nepal Himalayas would be the best choice.

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  24. The Mountains—grow unnoticed—
    Their Purple figures rise
    Without attempt—Exhaustion—
    Assistance—or Applause—

    In Their Eternal Faces
    The Sun—with just delight
    Looks long—and last—and golden—
    For fellowship—at night—

    Emily Dickinson

  25. Gaston Synnott

    Thank you for that…

  26. boom boom mountains ……. its all about a Trip …..bam bam bole … hare raama hare krishna

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