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80+ inspirational mountains quotes


The mountains are calling, and I must go. ~ John Muir

Is a mountain only a huge stone? Is a planet an enormous mountain? ~ Stanisław Lem, Solaris

You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!
~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

You can look at the world from a mountain or from a rat hole! Most people do the second! ~ Mehmet Murat İldan

“How do you fight against a mountain? How do you move it when you don’t even have a shovel?”
“Maybe you don’t have to move it,” Etta said, folding the gown over the lid of the trunk. “Maybe you have to climb it.”
~ Alexandra Bracken, Passenger

When you climb up to the highest point of a mountain, the mountain will climb down to your lowest point! ~ Mehmet Murat İldan

You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers. ~ Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

I like geography best, he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries. ~ Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas

It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals. ~ Pat Summitt

and he said,
it’s up to each person to change their mountain into a hill.
∼ Anthony T Hincks

Great things are done when men and mountains meet; this is not done by jostling in the street. ~ William Blake

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~ John Muir, The Mountains of California

The greatness of a mountain comes neither from its height nor from its massive mass; but his greatness comes from the calm of his stance against the harsh conditions of life! ∼ Mehmet Murat İldan

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 Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

The best view comes after the hardest climb. ~ Unknown

Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet. ~ Brooke Hampton

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, The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

Mountains are like the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter who anyone is or what they do. ~ Jimmy Chin

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

In the mountains you never leave anyone behind. For any reason. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it has to be. ~ Luca D’Andrea, La sostanza del male

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

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir

The best way to make smaller a big mountain is to climb that mountain; the best way to shorten a long road is to travel on that road! Anything that looks big or long to you is actually because you didn’t go to it, because you didn’t live it! ∼ Mehmet Murat İldan

On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death. … Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights. ∼  John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

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

You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain. ∼ Tom Hiddleston

The mountain that you cannot climb gets higher and higher; the mountain that you have climbed gets lower and lower! ∼ Mehmet Murat İldan

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~ John Muir

Like go for a walk, say a little prayer
Take a deep breath of mountain air
Put on my glove and play some catch
It’s time that I make time for that
Wade the shore and cast a line
Look up a long lost friend of mine
Sit on the porch and give my girl a kiss
Start livin’, that’s the next thing on my list.
~ Toby Keith

We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. ~ John Muir

and he said,
each person has their own mountain to climb.
∼ Anthony T Hincks

Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. ~ David McCullough

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 away from you like the leaves of Autumn. ~ John Muir, The Mountains of California

The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains. ~ Ernest Hello

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. ~ John Muir, Our National Parks

Whether in the valley of despair, the mountain peak of victory, or somewhere in-between, we are called to maintain a constant, stable connection to God Almighty. ∼ Jeremy Gove, Let’s Be Honest: Living a Life of Radical, Biblical

As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. ∼ John Muir

People living on the plains do not wonder what is happening on the top of the high mountain, but a person who climbs to the top of the high mountain wonders what is going on in the lowlands! Why? Because there is crowd and rush, ignorance and shouting, war and all kinds of stupidity down there! ∼ Mehmet Murat İldan

The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love. ∼ John Muir

Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. ~ Greg Child


A stele was erected as a souvenir. It was written: the mountain is no longer alone; the trees support it. / Une stèle fut érigée en souvenir. Y était inscrit : la montagne n’est plus seule; les arbres la soutiennent.
∼ Charles de Leusse, Les Contes de la nuit

As you climb down the mountain, a disturbing emotion emerges in your soul! This is a sense of emptiness that comes from seeing that climbing to the top is not a great victory that glorifies or raises man! ∼ Mehmet Murat İldan

It has nothing to do with what the mountain in front of us is. Rather, it has everything to do with what God is going to do to it. ∼ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld

There’s no geography in this story. Generally speaking, it takes place in three settings of national importance: the city, whether that one or another one; the mountains, where you take refuge when you’re attacked or you want to make war; and the village, which is for each and every one of us the ancestral home. ~ Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation

There is no mountain to high for mightiest force to move. ∼ Lailah Gifty Akita

Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action. John Muir, The Mountains of California


What are men to rocks and mountains?
~ Jane Austen

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. ~ Hermann Buhl

and he said,
wind may sweep over a mountain, but a gentle breeze will blow across the hill.
∼ Anthony T Hincks

A night on the mountain is better than a thousand nights in the city because you meet the universe on the mountain! ∼ Mehmet Murat İldan

The mountain won’t be destroyed by the artillery. ∼ Kamaran Ihsan Salih

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

Imagination is haunted by the swiftness of the creatures that live on the mountain – eagle and peregrine falcon, red deer and mountain hare. The reason for their swiftness is severely practical: food is so scarce up there that only those who can move swiftly over vast stretches of ground may hope to survive. The speed, the whorls and torrents of movement, are in plain fact the mountain’s own necessity. But their grace is not necessity. Or if it is – if the swoop, the parabola, the arrow-flight of hooves and wings achieve their beauty by strict adherence to the needs of function – so much the more is the mountain’s integrity vindicated. Beauty is not adventitious but essential. ~ Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than what we could learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them. ~ John Muir

Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.  ~ Werner Herzog

The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters. ~ Conrad Anker

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

Mountains, according to the angle of view, the season, the time of day, the beholder’s frame of mind, or any one thing, can effectively change their appearance. Thus, it is essential to recognize that we can never know more than one side, one small aspect of a mountain. ~ Haruki Murakami

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty! ~ John Muir

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

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

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. ~ John Muir

You can’t conquer a mountain, though it may conquer you. ~ Jimmy Chin

Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing. ~ John Muir

Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion. ~ Robert Macfarlane

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

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. ~ Phillip Connors

One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books. ~ John Muir

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

One learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born, channels traced for coming rivers, basins hollowed for lakes… ~ John Muir

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

Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality. ~ John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

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

These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and, instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar. ~ John Muir

Long, blue, spiky-edged shadows crept out across the snow-fields, while a rosy glow, at first scarce discernible, gradually deepened and suffused every mountain-top, flushing the glaciers and the harsh crags above them. This was the alpenglow, to me the most impressive of all the terrestrial manifestations of God. At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed. ~ John Muir, The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures

The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it. ~ Herbert A. Simon

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~ John Muir

I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain. ~ Andrew Garfield

I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.~ John Muir

You can’t move mountains by whispering at them. ~ Pink


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