55 Mountain Quotes That Will Humble And Inspire • The Mountains Are Calling

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These are our favorite mountain quotes in no particular order. We love spending time out in the mountains so much so that it’s where we now call home.

After traveling all around the globe we’re humbled to call the Canadian Rockies home. In honor of our new home that is why we have decided to share some inspiring words about nature, adventure, and the mountains.


55 Mountain Quotes


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

— Greg Child


“Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.”

—Reinhold Messner


“I met a lot of young people who asked me what books to read or films to watch. I think that is a good way to start, but there’s no substitute for just going there.”

— Yvon Chouinard


“I’ve done a lot of thinking about fear. For me the crucial question is not how to climb without fear that’s impossible- but how to deal with it when it creeps into your nerve endings.”

— Alex Honnold 


“Nothing lives long, Only the earth and mountains”

— Dee Brown


“I now walk into the wild.”

— Jon Krakauer


“Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

—Dag Hammerskjold


“Go where you feel most alive.”

— Unknown


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“I like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.”

― Mark Obmascik


“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”

— Jim Whittaker


“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche


“I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.”

— Tenzing Norgay


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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


“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

— John Muir


“The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far.”

— Paulo Coelho


“Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face.”

― Idowu Koyenikan


“Hike more. Worry Less.”

— Unknown


“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

― David McCullough Jr.


Banff Lake Louise

“Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.”

— William Shakespeare


“The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.”

— Marianne Williamson


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

— T.S. Eliot


“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

— Andy Rooney


“Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.”

— Edmund Hillary


“I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.”

— Andrew Garfield


“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

— Unknown


“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


“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

— Barry Finlay 

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“In my state of spiritual abstraction, I no longer belong to myself and to my eyesight. I am nothing more than a single narrow gasping lung, floating over the mists and summits.”

— Reinhold Messner


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

— Jeanne Moreau 


“Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.”

— Werner Herzog 


“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty.”

— Victoria Erikson

 


“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

— Sylvia Plath


“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”

— John Muir 


“The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change.”

― Thomas Wolfe 


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

— Harley King 


“How wild it was, to let it be.”

— Cheryl Strayed 


“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen.”

— Rene Daumal 


“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.”

— Andy Andrews 


“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.”

— John Lubbock 


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

— William Blake 


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

— Greg Child 


“I go to seek a great perhaps”

— John Green 


“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


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“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

— Unknown


“There are far better things ahead than the ones we leave behind.”

— C.S. Lewis


“The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.’’

– Casey Neistat


“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”

— Janice Anderson


“All good things are wild and free.”

— Unknown


“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”

— Dr. Seuss


 

“Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face.”

— Idowu Koyenikan


“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”

— Michael Jordan

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“The farthest mountain is the one you think you can never reach and it may even be just by the side of you!”

— Mehmet Murat ildan


“Without mountains, we might find ourselves relieved that we can avoid the pain of the ascent, but we will forever miss the thrill of the summit. And in such a terribly scandalous trade-off, it is the absence of pain that becomes the thief of life.”

— Craig D. Lounsbrough


“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

— John Ruskin


“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

— Sir Edmund Hillary


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