quotations about mountains
We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
LI BAI, Banished Immortal
What are men to rocks and mountains?
JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice
Mountains are nature's testimonials of anguish; they are the sharp cry of a groaning and travailing creation.
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands
It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
EDMUND HILLARY, O Magazine, Apr. 2007
Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, "The Notch of the White Mountains", Sketches from Memory
At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction -- so easy to lapse into -- that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes.
ROBERT MACFARLANE, Mountains of the Mind
After looking at the Alps, I felt that my mind had been stretched beyond the limits of its elasticity, and fitted so loosely on my old ideas of space that I had to spread these to fit it.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR., The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
The mountains are mighty patient, Buddha-man.
JACK KEROUAC, The Dharma Bums
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.
PETER MATTHIESSEN, The Snow Leopard
You can see every tree and shadow on the low ones, and the high mountains are like great giant ghosts of white, sentries of the sky.
NANCY AXINN, From the Foothills of the Himalayas
Thou hast a voice, great Mountain, to repeal
Large codes of fraud and woe.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, "Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni"
Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains;
They crown'd him long ago
On a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds,
With a diadem of snow.
LORD BYRON, Manfred
Make enemies of nations, who had else,
Like kindred drops, been mingled into one.
WILLIAM COWPER, The Task
'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
And robes the mountain in its azure hue.
THOMAS CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hope
Most people stand in sight of the spiritual mountains all their lives and never enter them, being content to listen to others who have been there and thus avoid the hardships. Some travel into the mountains accompanied by experienced guides who know the best and least dangerous routes by which they arrive at their destination. Still others, inexperienced and untrusting, attempt to make their own routes. Few of these are successful, but occasionally some, by sheer will and luck and grace, do make it. Once there they become more aware than any of the others that there's no single or fixed number of routes. There are as many routes as there are individual souls.
ROBERT M. PIRSIG, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The grandeur of each mountain peak
That rears to heaven its granite form;
The craggy cliffs where eagles shriek
Amid the thunder and the storm.
ALBERT LAIGHTON, "New England"
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, Look Homeward
All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other--
Only the mountain and I.
LI BAI, "Alone Looking at the Mountain"
I am the far-seen mountain
Before thee towering high,
Where, peak beyond peak reaching,
Rise others such as I.
Our dark-blue robes at twilight
We draw about our forms;
Ours is the boundless quiet
That dwells above the storms.
HENRY ABBEY, "The Spirit of the Mountain"
As for me, mountains are like bridges that connect the land we live on with heaven, a place where our souls are close to God. Standing on a hilltop, I always feel myself an integral part of the universe.
PARA LIMBU, Mountains Forever