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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