Mountain Quotes

It’s not possible to advise a young writer because every young writer is so different. You might say, ‘Read,’ but a writer can read too much and be paralyzed. Or, ‘Don’t read, don’t think, just write,’ and the result could be a mountain of drivel.

— Alice Munro

When I played Gollum in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ if I was climbing up the side of a mountain, which I physically did, you know, I was on every single occasion swimming through streams, all of that, that wasn’t captured. That was filmed on 35 millimeter, and for certain of those shots, it was rotoscoped and painted over.

— Andy Serkis

My very, very first moment on set on ‘Lord of the Rings’ in 2000 was me in a lycra suit, six and a half thousand feet up on a mountain in New Zealand, standing in front of 250 crew who were all wondering what I was doing – myself included.

— Andy Serkis

I have a road bike and a mountain bike, and I tend to use them both a lot. They help you keep your balance and your stamina.

— Andy Serkis

In 2003, I almost died of an intestinal blockage when I was on a mountain in Chile, filming a segment for ‘Scientific American Frontiers.’

— Alan Alda

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.

— Albert Camus

I love roller coasters. I don’t get a chance often, but I’ve gone to Magic Mountain and gone on the rides. I love roller coasters.

— Anthony Hopkins

We’ve been swimming at nude beaches and I love to go skinny dipping, but I’m sorry, sitting on top of a mountain, that’s just, you’re trying to show off or something. That’s ridiculous.

— Andy Richter

I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain. It’s a book that had a huge impact on me. I loved that as a shape for a novel: put a bunch of people in a beautiful place, give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens.

— Ann Patchett

Mining created Chile. The story of men who go down into the mountain and chip away at minerals in the darkness and then suffer an accident that leaves them at the mercy of that darkness is part of the DNA of Chile, an integral part of the country’s history.

— Ariel Dorfman

Concerned that others were not coming onto the summit and because I had no radio link to those below me, I began to wonder if there were difficulties down the mountain. I made the decision to descend.

— Anatoli Boukreev

If I see a mountain, I just pick up and hike it.

— Aurora

I’m going to scream this from the mountain top, there’s no such thing as ‘a curry.’ There’s six kazillion different kinds of curry. When someone asks how to make chicken curry, I have to ask ‘Which one?’

— Aarti Sequeira

There’s only one way to gain mountain sense, and that’s to be in the mountains a lot. Unfortunately, when you’re a young climber, you have none. You’re out there, and your risk level is high.

— Alex Lowe

I’m a huge camper, and love hiking and mountain biking.

— Anna Torv

I’ve realised that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.

— Andrew Garfield

No studio in Hollywood wanted ‘Cold Mountain.’ None. No one wanted ‘Ripley,’ no one wanted ‘The English Patient.’ That tells you there isn’t really an appetite for ambitious movie-making out there.

— Anthony Minghella

Look at it this way: if you write the novel of ‘Cold Mountain,’ it costs exactly the same to produce and market as a novel set in a room. If you make the film, the disparity of costs is huge.

— Anthony Minghella

Wheresoever thou findest a high mountain or a lofty hill and a green tree, know that an idol is there!

— Akiva ben Joseph

I grew up in a small town in West Virginia called Kenova. It’s the city where the plane crashed from Marshall University. I watched the mountain burn, and my cousins were the volunteer firemen. I was 6 years old at the time.

— Brad D. Smith

Although cover notes for classical music albums tend to say that the trill of flutes suggests mountain streams and so on, I don’t think anybody listens to music with the expectation that they’re going to be presented with a sort of landscape painting.

— Brian Eno

Colorado is an oasis, an otherworldly mountain place. I’ve played so many shows in Colorado that I think I’m the Colorado house band.

— Brandi Carlile

Our American story, for generations, is of a people who seek to move forward. A people who look at a mountain and worry not about the tough climb ahead, but dream about the view from the summit.

— Bill Owens

I eat like no other it drives everyone crazy. I eat donuts three times a day, and I probably go through four Mountain Dews a day. I’m on, like, a sugar high at all times, pretty much.

— Britt Robertson

Above Coblentz almost every mountain has a ruin and a legend. One feels everywhere the spirit of the past, and its stirring recollections come back upon the mind with irresistible force.

— Bayard Taylor

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

— Brenda Ueland

I was riding my mountain bike in Colorado, and I met a dog who reminded me so much of my very first dog in the way she interacted with me, looked at me, and wagged her tail that I rode away convinced I’d just very possibly met the reincarnated version of my long lost friend.

— Bruce Cameron

Just about every weekend when I was growing up, we would throw rods and rifles and tents and shovels and pickaxes into the back of the truck and then head off to the side of a mountain or the bottom of a canyon. Hiking, fishing, hunting, rock-hounding: this is how my parents passed the time.

— Benjamin Percy

Facebook has stitched together your social graph. The idea of an interest graph is to bring together everyone that has shared interests. If I can isolate the people who are into mountain biking in Marin, in one place, the ability to put ads against that is really high.

— Bill Gurley

There’s a world out there, and you’ve got to look at both sides of the mountain in your lifetime.

— Bill Janklow

I guess I am in handsome – in certain parts of the world. If I was, like, in Mongolia, living on a mountain and in my village, I could be the hottest guy. In L.A., I’m… average?

— Bobby Lee

Highest of heights, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit and solitude echoing back at me.

— Bradley Chicho

I watched my parents’ fame diminish – as I was getting more conscious, their celebrity was going back down the mountain.

— Carrie Fisher

Purposes, plans, and achievements of men may all disappear like yon cloud upon the mountain’s summit but, like the mountain itself, the things which are of God shall stand fast for ever and ever.

— Charles Spurgeon

Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

— Christopher Marlowe

Being positive is like going up a mountain. Being negative is like sliding down a hill. A lot of times, people want to take the easy way out, because it’s basically what they’ve understood throughout their lives.

— Chuck D

There, the grand lines of mountain and sea are admirable, and apart from the exotic vegetation that is here, Monte Carlo is certainly the most beautiful spot of the entire coast: the motifs there are more complete, more picturelike, and consequently easier to execute.

— Claude Monet

I reject the idea that the guy who comes out of Yale and goes to work in the projects in Newark is good, and the guy who goes to work for a white-shoe law firm is bad. We’re all mountain rangers. We all have peaks and valleys.

— Cory Booker

If people see me giving back to the military, they’ll hopefully follow suit and be good to these guys who have done so much. I’m not Lance Armstrong or Tiger Woods – I’m just an old, gray-beard mountain climber, but I’m hoping to inspire people to follow my way.

— Conrad Anker

I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there’s nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.

— Cicely Tyson

I love England though I’ve been back a few times and just love it. My favorite thing to do there is going to museums and all the castles. Oh, and my husband and I went mountain biking across England on our honeymoon!

— Catherine Bell

I live here in Vermont, in a village of barely a thousand people halfway up the state’s third highest mountain.

— Chris Bohjalian

People come to Portland, many of them for the quality of life. They love the physical space here. And yet every year, people climbing the mountain get killed by avalanches.

— Chelsea Cain

While writing ‘Cold Mountain,’ I held maps of two geographies, two worlds, in my mind as I wrote. One was an early map of North Carolina. Overlaying it, though, was an imagined map of the landscape Jack travels in the southern Appalachian folktales. He’s much the same Jack who climbs the beanstalk, vulnerable and clever and opportunistic.

— Charles Frazier

I, like most of my friends, couldn’t believe I bought a mountain called Misery Mountain, because it was so appropriate.

— Caleb Carr

I have a grim outlook on the world, and in particular on humanity. Spent years denying it, but I am very misanthropic. And I live alone on a mountain for a reason.

— Caleb Carr

I was five when I did my first show with the Mountain Play Theatre company in Marin County. I started young, and since no one in my family was involved in the industry in any way shape or form, I think everyone thought I’d do a few plays and that would be it. But then I kept doing it.

— Claire Coffee

My boyfriend’s idea of a lesson was to take me on a black diamond run in the middle of a hail storm and say, ‘Go!’ Ski patrol had to escort me to another lift to get me down the mountain. No, that wasn’t humiliating, not at all.

— Claudia Black

Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.

— Denis Waitley

Humans are an infant species, a mere 150,000 years old. But, armed with a massive brain, we’ve not only survived, we’ve used our wits to adapt to and flourish in habitats as varied as deserts, Arctic tundra, tropical rainforests, wetlands and high mountain ranges.

— David Suzuki

No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas. I love to go to my Tennessee Mountain Home and invite all of my nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids and do what we all like to do – eat, laugh, trade presents and just enjoy each other… and sometimes I even dress up like Santa Claus!

— Dolly Parton

The history of blacks is complicated, fragmented, disturbing to contemplate – not a neat trail of challenges met or of felled trees blocking the path to the mountain top.

— Darryl Pinckney

Marty Robbins once sang you give me a mountain, I’ve been given a few mountains in my life.

— David Allan Coe

I think book adaptations, the best one to me is like ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ Which is a short story, 21 pages, that expands so beautifully into a movie.

— Derek Cianfrance

If I were running a campaign, I’d urge taking the mountain of money reportedly squandered on pizza, coffee and bagels and spending it more wisely – on a talented young comedy writer.

— Dick Cavett

I’ve always been the, ‘Sure, I’ll try that’ guy. I’m very adventurous and don’t have fears. I think I got that from my mother’s side because she was an Olympic skier. Jump off a mountain with a parachute? Sure. What could possibly go wrong?

— Donald Trump, Jr.

We are all vegetarians here, and except for a mountain lion that’s been hanging around and killed our dog, we don’t have a care in the world.

— Dirk Benedict

Born on a mountain, raised in a cave. Arresting fugitives is all I crave.

— Duane Chapman

When I was around 15, I did my first movie. I was at a kids’ agency, and the third time I was invited to an audition, they offered me a little part in some kiddie thing, and I earned my first money. I was very proud that I could buy my first mountain bike with my own money.

— Daniel Bruhl

Ironically, the more intensive and far-reaching a historian’s research, the greater the difficulty of citation. As the mountain of material grows, so does the possibility of error.

— Doris Kearns Goodwin

Any time, as an athlete, you taste victory, you taste the top of the mountain, you want to get there again.

— Dell Curry

A few men own from ten thousand to two hundred thousand acres each. The poor Laborer can find no resting place, save on the barren mountain, or in the trackless desert.

— Denis Kearney

I’d be nervous about skiing, wondering what I’d do if I felt shaky on top of a mountain but other diabetics do ski, so there’s no reason I couldn’t.

— Dana Hill

Often the best guys are just those that can suffer longer, who don’t give up. And it’s so easy to give up, when you’re on a mountain and it’s really hurting. We go through a lot physically.

— David Millar

The dark shadow we seem to see in the distance is not really a mountain ahead, but the shadow of the mountain behind – a shadow from the past thrown forward into our future. It is a dark sludge of historical sectarianism. We can leave it behind us if we wish.

— David Trimble

If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go.

— Edmund Hillary

Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it.

— Edmund Hillary

I like to think of Everest as a great mountaineering challenge, and when you’ve got people just streaming up the mountain – well, many of them are just climbing it to get their name in the paper, really.

— Edmund Hillary

As an actor there’s a lot of scrutiny and, even when you’ve had success, it becomes about sustaining that success. A friend of mine described it as a peakless mountain. Even for De Niro there’s Pacino and for Pacino there’s De Niro.

— Eddie Redmayne

Deep in the heart of Kentucky’s rugged Eastern Mountain region, there lives a woman who has fascinated and inspired me for two decades. She is known locally these days as ‘Mayor Nan’ – the octogenarian chief executive of Hazard and advocate for its 5,467 residents.

— Elaine Chao

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Mount Tamalpais became my house. For Cezanne, Sainte-Victoire was no longer a mountain. It was an absolute. It was painting.

— Etel Adnan

Once I climbed into a mountain lion’s cage and she bounded at me and put her paw on my face, but she kept her claws withdrawn.

— Edward Hoagland

It’s fun to just get out there and have a nice conversation when I’m running. To be honest, when I do longer runs, the trail that I like to run up in Malibu has mountain lions, so I always feel I want to run with someone else.

— Flea

The San Gabriel Mountains rise like a rampart at the edge of the city, safeguarding more than 500,000 acres of mature forests, mountain streams, dramatic waterfalls, and towering peaks that reach over 9,000 feet. These untamed places attract bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and other threatened or endangered species.

— Frances Beinecke

Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.

— Frank Herbert

Mountains were once my big adventure but is is over since a long time I still dream from the wonderful days sometimes, read also a few pages from a mountain book. But the thought of doing again active mountain climbing has faded.

— Fritz Zwicky

I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a ‘record shot’. My first thought is always of light.

— Galen Rowell

What I mean by photographing as a participant rather than observer is that I’m not only involved directly with some of the activities that I photograph, such as mountain climbing, but even when I’m not I have the philosophy that my mind and body are part of the natural world.

— Galen Rowell

Precious’ is strangely uplifting. It goes down into the valley but it also goes to the mountain tops. A lot of difficult realities are explored in ‘Precious,’ but the peaks make the valleys and the valleys make the peaks.

— Geoffrey S. Fletcher

They, that unnamed ‘they,’ they’ve knocked me down but I got up. I always get up-and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I’ve long ago named them me.

— Gregory Corso

After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must say I have climbed my last political mountain.

— George C. Wallace

We’ve climbed the mighty mountain. I see the valley below, and it’s a valley of peace.

— George W. Bush

Many times, working is kind of like channeling, and I really don’t know what’s going to fall on the page. I just did this image of a fat girl and put her on a tiny mountain peak of grass that she’s walking over. It just amused me.

— Gloria Vanderbilt

The traces of upheavals become more impressive when one moves a little higher, when one gets even closer to the foot of the great mountain ranges. There are still plenty of shell layers. We notice them, even thicker and more solid ones.

— Georges Cuvier

The destruction of the natural beauty, the ecosystems, and the majesty of mountains affect us in ways we’re not even aware of. Every time a mountain is beheaded, we chop off a little part of our souls.

— Gloria Reuben

Manchester United and Liverpool have been bought with huge leverage, and we’ve got Roman Abramovich at Chelsea who can turn his loans into shares. It is really important for the Premier League to ask itself: if a club is being bought on such a mountain of debt, isn’t that a possible recipe for disaster for the future?

— Gordon Taylor

If critics of ‘readable fiction’ want literature to change the ways people dream, they need first to come down from the mountain and speak to the people.

— Graham Joyce

I used to climb mountains a lot I decided to go to Pakistan to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. I didn’t get quite to the top.

— Greg Mortenson

I grew up at the base of a mountain in Virginia, so my comfort zone is that Appalachian area, where all the dudes wear Carhartt and all the women can put on a beautiful sweater with a snowman applique and nobody raises an eyebrow.

— Hilarie Burton

To a person sitting quietly at home, Rocky Mountain traveling, like Rocky Mountain scenery, must seem very monotonous but not so to me, to whom the pure, dry mountain air is the elixir of life.

— Isabella Bird

My first yak was fairly quiet and looked a noble steed with my Mexican saddle and gay blanket among rather than upon his thick black locks. His back seemed as broad as that of an elephant, and with his slow, sure, resolute step, he was like a mountain in motion.

— Isabella Bird

Mauna Kea from Hilo has a shapely aspect, for its top is broken into peaks, said to be the craters of extinct volcanoes, but my eyes seek the dome-like curve of Mauna Loa with far deeper interest, for it is as yet an unfinished mountain.

— Isabella Bird

The plantations in the Hilo district enjoy special advantages, for by turning some of the innumerable mountain streams into flumes, the owners can bring a great part of their cane and all their wood for fuel down to the mills without other expense than the original cost of the woodwork.

— Isabella Bird

Life is a mountain of solvable problems, and I enjoy that.

— James Dyson

Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years.

— John C. Maxwell

Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.

— John Muir

Beetles and butterflies are sometimes restricted to small areas. Each mountain in a range, and even the different zones of a mountain, may have its own peculiar species. But the house-fly seems to be everywhere. I wonder if any island in mid-ocean is flyless.

— John Muir

Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best.

— John Muir

Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies.

— Joseph Addison

Brokeback Mountain’ takes all your conceptions of America, and the Western, and cowboys, and sexuality, and love, and it stirs them all up.

— Jake Gyllenhaal

This is a beautiful country. Each of us has a favorite river, a mountain, just a patch of sky for some of us. I want to use the law to make sure that the waters, the land, and the skies of this nation are protected.

— Janet Reno

Alabama – they were the masters of that. They could come out with ‘Mountain Music’ or ‘Tennessee River’ and then turn around and come out with ‘Feels So Right.’ Go out and have fun and be those guys that like to party, then turn around and make every woman in America want Randy Owen.

— Jason Aldean

The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.

— Jeanne Moreau

I think our storytellers – our songwriters should be great storytellers, and they should be mountain climbers and explorers, because music is something that can cross all different borders.

— Jason Mraz

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

— John Lubbock

Since I’m a fan of collections and anthologies, believe that the best writing often shines in shards and galloping stretches, I never find myself lobbying for a writer I enjoy reading regularly to hole up in Heidegger’s hut for four or five years to bring forth a mountain.

— James Wolcott

I love being able to go on local flights when the weather is right. I’ve popped to the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and been mountain flying in Wales. When I got my licence I was over the moon, it was one of the greatest days of my life – it took two years to get!

— Jay Kay

When you do a play, you have the kind of nightly feeling of accomplishment. But you also have the daily dread of the doing it every night. And because you’re doing the whole thing every day, it’s like climbing up the mountain every single night. With a movie it’s like climbing the mountain very slowly, over months of filming.

— Jesse Eisenberg

There is no comparison. The American landscape is so much more dangerous. They have real snakes, mountain lions, bears we only have adders, and they’re more frightened of us than we are of them.

— Jim Crace

When I show up in New York, and I look at the skyline, it’s like showing up in a mountain range. My gaze goes toward the most impressive-looking climb. It’s always gone to the top of the World Trade Center.

— Jimmy Chin

There’s intense personal gratification in finding a mountain and becoming inspired by the aesthetics of an unclimbed line on that mountain, especially if that line has been tried by a lot of people who couldn’t do it, and you get to set yourself up against the history of it.

— Jimmy Chin

Each and every day, more people pay the price of Obamacare’s mountain of mandates. As I travel across the country, I continue to hear from Americans who want Washington to take its hands off of their healthcare.

— John Barrasso

At my high school, there were always kids carrying acoustic guitars around, which is why I named my band the Mountain Goats. I didn’t want to seem like one of those guys who brought his guitar to the party whether you asked him to or not.

— John Darnielle

I was writing poetry, and the Mountain Goats was an outgrowth of that.

— John Darnielle

When I was 23, I went to Alaska by myself into the glaciers of the coast range and climbed a mountain by myself. It was incredibly reckless, incredibly stupid. But I was lucky. And I survived, and I came back to tell my story.

— Jon Krakauer

I would still rather be in Silicon Alley. I like the West Coast also, but it’s sort of fragmented. You have companies in downtown San Francisco, companies in Mountain View, and people are driving between them all. It’s kind of nice in New York to just jump in a cab and reach another company so easily.

— Jon Oringer

While in high school, I worked part time at Subway, then at the front desk of the local YMCA, then at a tennis club, until I landed an unpaid internship at ‘The Mountain View Voice,’ my hometown newspaper.

— Jose Antonio Vargas

Etiquette is all human social behavior. If you’re a hermit on a mountain, you don’t have to worry about etiquette if somebody comes up the mountain, then you’ve got a problem. It matters because we want to live in reasonably harmonious communities.

— Judith Martin

I suppose that every time there is difficulty. I remember about Space Mountain: It took us ten years before we found the technology that would allow such a ride. And during these ten years, I had a model that I kept, waiting for the technology we needed.

— John Hench

If you’re on a bus and going down a snowy mountain like in Tahoe, and the bus loses its brakes, where do you want to be sitting? Immediately, you all think, ‘In the back.’ But in the front would be the correct answer. As a quarterback, you want to take control of it.

— Jared Goff

We lived in Colorado, and my parents were outdoorsy mountain people. My father would always say, ‘Go out and don’t come back until you have something to show me.’ Which meant he wanted me to come back with a scraped knee or an injury. When I went out to play, I felt like I’d better get hurt.

— Jessica Biel

The plane approaches Cape Town and, as always, I am astonished by the view of Table Mountain and the surrounding sea. It is so overwhelmingly beautiful that I feel the urge to belong – not necessarily to the people, but to the landscape.

— Justin Cartwright

I was just sitting on my bed in a dormitory room, and I started writing. The thing that was magic about it was that once you put down one word, you could cross it out. I figured that out right away. I put down ‘mountain,’ and then I’d go, ‘No – ‘valley.’ That’s better.’

— James Tate

We have our religious traditions coming from many thousands of years, and I think to myself, well, you know, if Moses had come down with tablets from the mountain that said, ‘And guess what? There are protons and neutrons, and they are made out of quarks,’ people wouldn’t have understood what he said. So he didn’t.

— John C. Mather

Salzburg… is a mountain town with a rushing river running right through the center, everything in the rain various shades of green and brown.

— Jonathan Carroll

Getting to Valle Nevado is half the fun. A serpentine road from Santiago wriggles up the spine of Andean peak for an hour, then traverses a valley and finally up again. The hotel is perched on a rugged mountain crag at 3,000m: no other sign of human development is visible from this spot, which is close to the Argentinean border.

— Jonathan Franklin

As a white Australian, you’re surrounded by this vast landscape you know isn’t yours, so you’re always intimidated. You expect to vanish up a mountain or get eaten by the ground.

— Justin Kurzel

My experience with ‘Last Resort’ is very different from most of the cast. While they are next to a mountain, I’m always within the four walls of my home.

— Jessy Schram

Where I live, there’s a lot of canyons. We’re climbing constantly – we’re like mountain goats. I’m just trying to get better at that.

— Joey Santiago

Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around. If you go higher, things will look different if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view.

— Jacques Lipchitz

Yucca Mountain isn’t pretty. And it also isn’t large. From far away, the mountain’s just a squat bulge in the middle of the desert, essentially just debris from a bigger, stronger mountain that erupted millions of years ago and hurled its broken pieces into piles across the earth.

— John D’Agata

I want to sit and be less career oriented. Snowboard, dirt bike, mountain bike, surf. Just be human. To me, that’s an important part of life.

— Jason Lewis

One of the questions I get asked a lot is, ‘What do you do to stay in shape?’ My glib answer is, ‘I play.’ But I mean it. Sure, I go to the gym, but I don’t spend my life there. Most of my activity is outdoors, whether it’s basketball or mountain biking or rock climbing.

— Jason Lewis

The citizens of New Hampshire expect and deserve a government as clean as our mountain streams and as open as our blue skies. Today let us pledge together to make this government – the people’s government – clean, open and honest.

— John Lynch

I once asked a hermit in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied, that Providence was his next-door neighbor.

— Laurence Sterne

I have nothing against President McKinley whatsoever, but I would rather have this peak be called by the name it has gone by for centuries by Alaskans than a man who never set foot in our state. This is the tallest mountain in North America, and we deserve to have this Alaskan landmark bear an Alaskan name.

— Lisa Murkowski

It is possible that Mount Olympus may have supplied the poets with the hint for saying that Jupiter obtained the kingdom of heaven, because Olympus is the common name both of the mountain and of heaven.

— Lactantius

People are starting to know more about it, but I was blown away by Almaty, Kazakhstan. It’s like a future Swiss Alps. It has the potential to be an extraordinary ski resort. It is a city with beautiful mountain scapes.

— Lisa Ling

I had daydreams and fantasies when I was growing up. I always wanted to live in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain. I would ride my horse to town and pick up provisions. Then return to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player and peace.

— Linda McCartney

There were times after my marriage ended where, you know, I really felt like I was at the bottom of a mountain, there was a great big, fog up there, and I’m never going to cross to the other side.

— Lynn Redgrave

I was so full of joy, the happiest kid. Things changed. I don’t want to talk about it. I needed attention. I was pathologically shy. I’d climb the highest tree or try to ski off the highest mountain. I’d get into fights. I wanted contact. I’d hit somebody, just for that.

— Lena Olin

I love as you come into Paris, you’ve got the Arch de Triomphe and all that crazy traffic. Then I love the drive from Paris down to Antibes and you veer off east in through the Alps and you come into the south of France on the mountain road as opposed to the freeway.

— Luke Goss

Big Sky Mountain’ is the story of Hutch Carmody and Kendra Shepherd, lovers with a history, and a lot of hurt pride. The book is about finding their way back to each other, growing as people, and inventing a life they can share.

— Linda Lael Miller

I grew up partially around Stone Mountain, Georgia, and in that part of the country, there was always this aura of mythology and palpable sense of otherness about being a Southerner.

— Kara Walker

I saw ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in a packed house in Chelsea, New York, when I was filming a Bollywood film there. Chelsea, being a predominately gay neighbourhood, had the most euphoric reaction. I saw couples holding hands and crying at the end. It was the most heartening viewing I have ever been to.

— Karan Johar

I’m not the kind of person who’s going to look at the top of a mountain and go, ‘Oh, look at that! That’s lovely. That’s lovely, that top of that mountain.’ I’m the kind of person who’s going to go, ‘Oh, my God! That’s so lovely! Let’s go climb up it!’

— Kate Winslet

Mountain climbing was one of Mother’s favorite occupations, but she never succeeded in inculcating this passion in any of us.

— Katharine Graham

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

— Khalil Gibran

Nobody mountain bikes anymore – or ever did – in comedy, so I have to go by myself.

— Kyle Kinane

The truth is, I can never die. For I will be in everything and see you in everything and watch over you. I am your reaction in the water of a mountain lake.

— Klaus Kinski

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’m going to die one day. I know it’s coming for me, too. I’ll be a mountain, I’ll be a stone on the beach. I’ll be nourishment.

— Mary Oliver

I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

— Matthew Arnold

You know, Hoosiers recognize pork when we see it. And they recognize what bailing out every failing business in America means – We’re burying generations under a mountain range of debt.

— Mike Pence

Sometimes it seemed to me I could not look at those silent little figures that I must go north, to the grim coal fields, to the Rocky Mountain camps, where the labor fight is at least fought by grown men.

— Mary Harris Jones

Startups, in some sense, have gotten so easy to start that we are confusing two things. And what we are confusing, often, is, ‘How far can you get in your first day of travel?’ with, ‘How long it is going to take to get up to the top of the mountain?’

— Mitch Kapor

For me, writing a novel is more like digging a well than climbing a mountain – some heroic thing where I set out to conquer. I just sit quietly for a few years, and then it starts to become something.

— Mohsin Hamid

I died on that mountain, too. I left a part of myself up there.

— Marcus Luttrell

We spent a few days up Ben Nevis, which is the biggest mountain in the U.K., and there was one day when we had to make a decision whether we were going to go to the summit or not. It was already getting dark, but we made the call to go and made the summit, but as soon as we got there, this blizzard just hit.

— Martin Henderson

When I did finally live in the Dandenongs, the mountain ash forests became an important part of my life.

— Morris Gleitzman

You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.

— Mark Udall

When I was out of work when I first moved to L.A., one of the first things my husband and I did was buy season’s passes to Disney, and whenever I was bummed out about work, we would go to Space Mountain, and it was like a physical injection of anti-depressants.

— Melissa Rauch

Once you become an actor, it’s important to take care of yourself. I live in Santa Monica, where I can mountain bike, hike and go running on the beach. I like a nice sunset jog.

— Mark Feuerstein

Cycling keeps me lean and I need to stay in shape, especially as I still like eating chocolate and ice-cream! I like to go mountain biking too. Running is also good it’s what we were designed to do as humans, so it comes naturally.

— Mark Webber

The story of mountaintop mining – why it happens, and what its consequences are – is still new to most Americans. They have no idea that their country’s physical legacy – the purple mountain majesties that are America – is being destroyed at the rate of several ridgetops a week, by three million pounds of explosives every day.

— Michael Shnayerson

The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and I’m in bare feet.

— Mary Higgins Clark

I try and find fun activities like mountain biking, hiking, or water sports for a workout rather than pushing weight in the gym.

— Nate Holland

I needed real help in New York and I had no friends. I looked up at those buildings, I couldn’t see the sky or nothing, and I said, ‘Well, there ain’t no mountain high enough,’ and I just started – the words just fell out of my mouth, really.

— Nickolas Ashford

You have to know when you’re at the top of your particular mountain, I guess. Maybe not the summit, but as high as you can go.

— Neil Peart

In high school, I went to a place called the Mountain School. It’s on a farm in Vermont, and I read Emerson and Thoreau and ran around the woods. Now I go hiking with a bunch of my comedy buddies. We talk about our emotions. I also do a lot of writing on hikes, just to get the blood flowing and the ideas moving.

— Nick Kroll

Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as ‘the dancing mushroom.’ According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate.

— Paul Stamets

If we choose to walk into a forest where a tiger lives, we are taking a chance. If we swim in a river where crocodiles live, we are taking a chance. If we visit the desert or climb a mountain or enter a swamp where snakes have managed to survive, we are taking a chance.

— Peter Benchley

Take it from a guy: If you’re in love with somebody, you will swim the stream, you will climb the mountain, you will slay the dragon. You’re going to get to her somehow, some way.

— Phil McGraw

When it comes to an everyday situation, I am like an ant. I keep putting money aside because I know that if I want to splurge, there is a big mountain of money that I can use.

— Priyanka Chopra

I’m definitely drawn to stories of just regular folks, just generally in some kind of horrific situation. I keep saying I want to do a love story in the south of France with a boy and girl and some wine. Then I always end up in an oil rig with four hundred guys or on a mountain with guys shooting at each other.

— Peter Berg

I love snowboarding. It’s probably my favorite sport. I love sitting on top of the mountain and the snow falling and that silence, that snow silence. That’s, like, a very peaceful, happy place for me.

— Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

When people ask about inspirations, and you’re like ‘oh, it was a flower or a mountain or a pony’, some people just think you’re insane. I’m worried to come across that way.

— Phillip Lim

I’m one of those people who always needs a mountain to climb. When I get up a mountain as far as I think I’m going to get, I try to find another mountain.

— Polly Bergen

I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.

— Olafur Eliasson

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

— Og Mandino

The rest of us are still trying to find ways to live in the world with spirit-ual values. Myself included. We’ve learned certain skills, we’ve learned to prevail somewhat, but we’ve not made it over the mountain.

— Olympia Dukakis

The truly great books are always novels: ‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘The Brothers Karamazov,’ ‘The Magic Mountain.’ Just as with ‘Shahnameh,’ I browse these books from time to time to remember how a great book works on us or to teach my students at Columbia University.

— Orhan Pamuk

Every problem seems like a mountain to me, and when I’m fit, I feel like I can conquer anything. When the opposite happens, I go into a funk. A real, real funk.

— Ranveer Singh

Growing up on a mountain in Tennessee, I spent most of my childhood outside.

— Rachel Boston

I moved from a mountain with one traffic light to New York City when I was 17, and it was an amazing, eye opening, creative adventure. I would walk through the streets of Manhattan looking up at these huge buildings, amazed that I didn’t know a single person in any of them.

— Rachel Boston

But I also know in standup, there’s nowhere to hide. You get on stage and you deliver, or you are eviscerated and you are thrown into a pile of bodies at the bottom of a mountain.

— Rob Delaney

The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley. Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional, with a lot of voice and character.

— Robert Morgan

Creative people who can’t help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.

— R. D. Laing

There are so many songs in me that haven’t been born yet. So I can’t call myself a genius, but I never turn away a compliment, and I feel like I’m on my way to that mountain.

— R. Kelly

Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line.

— Ric Flair

The Band is probably the ultimate example of people taking all kinds of music, from gospel to blues to mountain music to folk music to on and on and on and on and putting them all in this big pot and mixing up a new gumbo.

— Robbie Robertson

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

If there was the opportunity to climb a mountain, or to go ballooning, or some adventurous activity, I would always be keen to do it. I loved the countryside.

— Roger Bannister

There is no substitute for a real location when you’re trying to shoot the jungle. You can’t just go anywhere. You’ve got to go where it’s lush and green and there really is those mountain ranges, the trees and the ocean.

— Rachelle Lefevre

Almost a quarter of our planet is a single mountain range and we didn’t enter it until after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon. So we went to the moon, played golf up there, before we went to the largest feature on our own planet.

— Robert Ballard

When you’re doing mountain rescue, you don’t take a doctorate in mountain rescue you look for somebody who knows the terrain. It’s about context.

— Rory Stewart

What people don’t appreciate, when they picture Terminator-style automatons striding triumphantly across a mountain of human skulls, is how hard it is to keep your footing on something as unstable as a mountain of human skulls. Most humans probably couldn’t manage it, and they’ve had a lifetime of practice at walking without falling over.

— Randall Munroe

We have mountain of debt that isn’t going away and all the problems are here to stay, and anybody who tells you that is a good thing ought to get out of the business of helping the government down the road.

— Rick Santelli

If you are in Mountain View, you don’t resonate with the needs of urban dwellers. Tumblr couldn’t have emerged in Sunnyvale.

— Roelof Botha

Rwanda is a landlocked country, but it hasn’t stopped developing. They built a high-end tourism industry around the mountain gorillas.

— Robert Zoellick

I am an amateur mountain climber. Once or twice a year I go off to Chamonix in the French Alps, under Mont Blanc, and with a guide do treks that include rock climbing at high altitude.

— Robert Littell

Given the tendency of many to picture God’s realm as somewhere high above Earth – an idea that sounds suspiciously like the Greek stories of deities perched on inaccessible mountain tops – it may seem plausible to assume that astronomers have special insight. Well, of course they don’t.

— Seth Shostak

I feel like I’m on top of the world. Honestly, I feel like I’ve climbed a very giant mountain, and I’m just standing right on top with my arms wide open and breathing rarified air.

— Shania Twain

Whatever that means, however you got on that mountain, why not try to climb it? And do it in your own way.

— Stephen Curry

If you don’t have a mountain, build one and then climb it. And after you climb it, build another one otherwise you start to flatline in your life.

— Sylvester Stallone

Looking back, yes, I made too many comebacks. But each comeback I was 100 percent sure that I would win. I never came back for the money, because I didn’t need it. The adulation I was getting anyway in other spheres. But I’m a guy who likes to see how close he can get to the edge of the mountain – that’s what makes me tick.

— Sugar Ray Leonard

Brittany can hardly claim the attention of the tourist as a superlatively beautiful country. The way in which trees are clipped and tortured out of shape disfigures the sylvan landscape and of mountain scenery, there is none.

— Sabine Baring-Gould

There are grander and more sublime landscapes – to me. There are more compelling cultures. But what appeals to me about central Montana is that the combination of landscape and lifestyle is the most compelling I’ve seen on this earth. Small mountain ranges and open prairie, and different weather, different light, all within a 360-degree view.

— Sam Abell

I would say a must-do in Canada would be to go skiing at Whistler in Vancouver. You could take a chair lift for, like, a half hour to the top of this mountain, and you ski down it takes like so long to get to the bottom. You go past the clouds. It’s absolutely incredible.

— Sebastian Bach

You have tremendous flexibility in defining both the greater good and the greater community. If you don’t succeed in this, then you will continue to pull that heavy wagon up the mountain, and despite the fact that you are pulling it, it will somehow run over your own foot.

— Srikumar Rao

For me, a holiday is about taking a book and going to a mountain and reading.

— Sonam Kapoor

When a father climbs a dangerous mountain and dies, we mourn. When a mother does, we question her judgment. How could she?

— Susan Estrich

I’ve never looked at film-making as a career. I’ve looked on film-making as an adventure. When you come down the mountain, you get ready to climb again.

— Shekhar Kapur

Nonfiction writers are the packhorses of literature. We’re meant to carry the story. If we can make it up and down the mountain by a reliable if not scenic route, we have delivered. Technique is optional.

— Stacy Schiff

I started mountain-bike riding two years ago, which is much better than riding a stationary bike in the gym. Mountain biking is a total body workout.

— Samantha Stosur

There’s a real danger in trying to stay king of the mountain. You stop taking risks, you stop being as creative, because you’re trying to maintain a position. Apart from anything else that really takes the fun out of it.

— Sissy Spacek

A man with a mouth like a mastiff, a brow like a mountain, and eyes like burning antracite – that was Dan’l Webster in his prime.

— Stephen Vincent Benet

Mountain climbing is my passion, and to empower women through my expeditions is the reason.

— Samina Baig

Mountain climbing is my passion, and to empower women through my expeditions is the reason. I am doing the mountain climbing to empower women.

— Samina Baig

As a child growing up in a grey-skied Yorkshire village, I would occasionally happen upon a Bollywood movie on the television. After a few minutes watching a bunch of sari-clad dancers cavorting on a Swiss mountain to tuneless music, I would switch over to some proper drama about housing estates and single mothers.

— Simon Beaufoy

I grew up climbing mountains in Montana and Wyoming and my wife and I were engaged on top of a mountain peak: Hyalite Peak in Montana. It was a 15-mile hike to get to the top of that, round-trip – thankfully, she said yes.

— Steve Daines

I know the guru route, I know you go sit on a mountain. But screw India. I ain’t going there.

— Susan Powter

After decades of hauling telescopes around in the back of vans and going up to high altitude locations and so forth, I did finally build an observatory, here on Sonoma mountain.

— Timothy Ferriss

No translation can possibly be perfect. Every production and every performance is a different path up the mountain, and nobody ever makes it all the way to the summit.

— Terry Teachout

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

— Theodore Roethke

I don’t want to make that sound like I’m preaching from a mountain top when I say you have to give your family everything, because I know it’s hard for people. I’m lucky to be in a position where you can establish those ground rules and make it that way.

— Tim McGraw

Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountain in its azure hue.

— Thomas Campbell

In shuttering Yucca Mountain, Obama makes it extremely likely that nuclear power in the United States will continue its long, slow, and extremely welcome death.

— Timothy Noah

We have a lion, tiger, liger, which is the father is a lion and the mother is a tiger, black and spotted leopard, mountain lion, Asian leopard cats. Weve got a tremendous number of the exotic feline.

— Tippi Hedren

We were empty nesters, our last-born child having departed for Duke. Meredith decided we needed a dog to fill the vacuum. She heard about a litter in Colorado sired by Chopper, the legendary avalanche dog at the top of Aspen Mountain.

— Tom Brokaw

The Humpback Trail on New Zealand’s South Island is really beautiful. It is a 70 km walk over about four days and is fairly arduous. You go through prehistoric forest and up to the top of Humpback Mountain, where there are amazing views down to the Tasman Sea.

— Toby Stephens

I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately, when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by.

— Thérèse of Lisieux

I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.

— W. H. Auden

I was king of the mountain for a long time, well, I don’t want that no more. I like to perform every once in a while for people who want to see me, and cut albums of music that is what I’m really about.

— Waylon Jennings

Beauty is that little something that fills the whole world, and is contained neither in a single straight nose, a long eyelash, nor a blue mountain. Some see it in a leg of mutton, others in a compound fracture and to expect others to accept one’s own definition of it is as absurd as to expect all humanity to use the same toilet-brush.

— William Morris Hunt

When the sun is shining I can do anything no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.

— Wilma Rudolph

If Yucca Mountain had not been designated as a dumpsite for radioactive waste in 1987, it might easily have become a scenic overlook on the long drive between Tonopah and Las Vegas.

— Wil S. Hylton

I love to read about the exploits of technical mountain climbers, but I’ve never done any vertical climbing.

— Will Hobbs

The only very rugged part of the route is in crossing the Big Horn mountain, which is about 30 miles wide.

— William Henry Ashley

The principal or highest part of the mountain having changed its direction to east and west, I ascended it in such manner as to leave its most elevated ranges to the south and travelled north west over a very rough and broken country generally covered with snow.

— William Henry Ashley

When ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was selling a million records a day, I bought several properties: a home next to Michael J. Fox in L.A., a palace in Miami and a mountain cabin in Utah. Then, a few years later, I took a break from touring, saw that my properties had cobwebs, so I sold them, and – to my surprise – I made a huge profit!

— Vanilla Ice

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.

— Victor Hugo

On June 23, 1864, Ambrose Bierce was in command of a skirmish line of Union soldiers at Kennesaw Mountain in northern Georgia. He’d been a soldier for three years and, in that time, had been commended by his superiors for his efficiency and bravery during battle.

— Victor LaValle

There are so many steps you have to go through to reach a high level, so you’re kind of building your own, I would say, mountain. You have to go piece by piece by piece. When you’re young and really ambitious, you want to jump right up. It kind of teaches you a lesson, I would say.

— Victoria Azarenka

In a big Bollywood romantic film, taking my shirt off and spreading the hand towards the mountain with dancers behind me are not my cup of tea.

— Vir Das

What is important to me as an actor is that, even if I have to spread my arms, take my shirt off on a mountain top with my heroine in a chiffon sari, it still has to be me and my twist or my funny take on it.

— Vir Das

I don’t bench press, but I use machines to work 10-12 muscle groups. Biceps, triceps, a few things for the back, calves, shoulders and so on – and then I’ll go on the running machine, cross-trainer or mountain climber.

— Viswanathan Anand

I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.

— Zora Neale Hurston
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