140+ Best Mountain Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Mountain is a raised part of the earth’s surface, much larger than a hill, the top of which might be covered in snow. Inspirational mountain quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Powerful Collection of Most Famous Mountain Quotes

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

The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir

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

I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak. – Sir Leslie Stephen

Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up. – Tyler Knott

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

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The coniferous forests of the Yosemite Park, and of the Sierra in general, surpass all others of their kind in America, or indeed the world, not only in the size and beauty of the trees, but in the number of species assembled together, and the grandeur of the mountains they are growing on. – John Muir

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous. – Reinhold Messner

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

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

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

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. – John Muir

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

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

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

Its not the Mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary

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

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

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

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

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. –

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. – Nemann Buhl

Accidents on big mountains happen when people’s ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride. – Bear Grylls

The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself. – Bear Grylls

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

Each stone, each bend cries welcome to him. He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field. – Paulo Coelho

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

I learn something every time I go into the mountains. – Michael Kennedy

I live not in myself, but I becom Portion of that around me: and to me High mountains are a feelin, but the hum of human cities torture. – George Byron

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

You don’t need to climb a mountain to know that it’s high. – Paulo Coelho

I think I mainly climb mountains because I get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. I never attempt to analyze these things too thoroughly, but I think that all mountaineers do get a great deal of satisfaction out of overcoming some challenge which they think is very difficult for them, or which perhaps may be a little dangerous. – Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary

Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain. – Edmund Hillary

When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them. – Edmund Hillary

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. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more. – Victoria Erickson

I’m the sort of person who needs a big mountain in front of me to climb. – Katarina Witt

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

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

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. – Henry David Thoreau

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. – Henry David Thoreau

The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no meaning,” they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day. – Peter Matthiessen

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. – Sir Martin Convay

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

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. – John Ruskin

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

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

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world. – Georges Simenon

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

While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn’t the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges. – Edmund Hillary

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

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

The mountains have rules. they are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe. A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exist inside you, inside your soul. – Walter Bonatti

I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm. – John Mackey

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. – Tennessee Williams

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Nature is my springboard. From her, I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms. – Milton Avery

Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance. – Jack Kerouac

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

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

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

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain. – Victor Hugo

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

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads. – Anatole France

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. – Friedrich Neitzsche

I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life. – Mark Obmascik

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

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

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

The best view comes after the hardest climb. – Vanessa Gendoma

Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy. – Hamlin Garland

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. – Walt Whitman

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

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

The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows. – Sam Cummings

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. – George Washington Carver

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. – Ruth Bernhard

The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another. – Marianne Williamson

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

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. – Henry David Thoreau

I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe. – Alice Walker

In my afternoon walk, I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society. – Henry David Thoreau

I think, every time I’m on the mountain, I’m just so thankful to be there. – Chloe Kim

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

Ever since a small boy, I have loved just to look at the mountains, to see them in different lights and from different angles, to feel their rough rock under my fingers and the breath of the winds against my feet. I am in love with the mountains. – Wilfrid Noyce

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A forest bird never wants a cage. – Henrik Ibsen

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.

I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realize that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn. – Gunter Grass

Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains. – Jeffrey Rasley

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

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

The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

There’s no glory in climbing a mountain if all you want to do is to get to the top. It’s experiencing the climb itself – in all its moments of revelation, heartbreak, and fatigue – that has to be the goal. – Karyn Kusama

What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains. – Tennessee Williams

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! – Dr. Seuss

A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time. – Mencius

You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers. – Amit Kalantri

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. – Muhammad Ali

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching. – Swami Sivananda

To me a mountain is a buddha. think of the patience, hundreds of thousands of years just sittin there bein perfectly perfectly silent and like praying for all living creatures in that silence and just waitin for us to stop all our frettin and foolin. – Jack Kerouac

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end. – Edward Whymper

Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down. – Edmund Hillary

And if someday, my sons ask, Dad, why did you choose to climb?” Smiling, I’ll reply, I climbed so you could fly.” -Mekael Shane

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

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

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

I take all day to climb mountains and then spend about 10 minutes at the top admiring the view. – Sebastian Thrun

Men climb mountains, scale heights, venture into the unexplored to prove to other men it can be done. – Mother Angelica

I’m always looking for a new challenge. There are a lot of mountains to climb out there. When I run out of mountains, I’ll build a new one. – Sylvester Stallone

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

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long. – George Bernard Shaw

There are two kinds of climbers: those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest. – Alex Lowe

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

Women need opportunity and encouragement. If a girl can climb mountains, she can do anything positive within her field of work. – Samina Baig

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

Mountains terrify me – they just sit about; they are so proud. – Sylvia Plath

The mountains are a demanding, cold place, and they don’t allow for mistakes. – Conrad Anker

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. – Robert M. Pirsig

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds. – Robert Green Ingersoll

If you want to train for big mountain endeavors, spend time in big mountains. – Jimmy Chin

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

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. – Henry David Thoreau

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

As a professional climber, that’s the question you always get: Why, why, why? It’s an ineffable thing; you can’t describe it. – Jimmy Chin

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

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains. – William Shakespeare

The mainstream audience has a certain picture of what climbing is all about: man conquering mountain. But you can’t conquer a mountain, though it may conquer you. – Jimmy Chin

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. I produce nothing but words; I consumer nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself. – Philip Connors

There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life’s expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings. – J. Sheridan Le Fanu

On climbs, there is a general way we manage fear. We look at things objectively, separating out perceived risk from real risk. You can really bring down the level of fear by knowing the real risks and setting aside the others. You also know that panicking just makes things worse. – Jimmy Chin

Climbing is my art; I get so much joy and gratification from it. – Jimmy Chin

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

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

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