Quotes For Rock Climbing

The mountains inspire like no other landscape. Mountains have an allure to them, and getting to the summit may teach you a lot about life. While you dream of the peak and focus on your achievement in reaching it, you realize that the most significant part was the trip and the work required to get there. Success, like climbing a mountain, needs work, endurance, and a willingness to keep pushing yourself.

So here are some of the most inspiring mountain quotes from the world’s best mountaineers, writers, and environmental enthusiasts. We hope they strike a chord with you and inspire your next journey!

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100 Inspirational Quotes For Rock Climbing

1. “Mountains terrify me – they just sit about; they are so proud.”

Sylvia Plath

2. “Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you climb for the hell of it.”

– Edmund Hillary

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

– Theodore Roethke

4. “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

5. “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

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

– William Shakespeare

7. “The mountain decides whether you climb or not. The art of mountaineering is knowing when to go when to stay, and when to retreat”.    

– Ed Viesturs

8. “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

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

– C.S. Lewis

10. ‘’The most dangerous thing you can do in life plays it safe.’’

– Casey Neistat

11. “The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.”

 – Conrad Anker

12. “In the mountains there are only two grades: you can either do it, or you can’t.”

– Rusty Baillie

13. “As a mountain you can’t grow, but as a human I can”

– Edmund Hillary

14. “You can’t conquer a mountain, though it may conquer you.”

– Jimmy Chin

15. “No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun.

– Emily Kay McCallister

16. “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

17. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”

-Edmund Hillary

18. “I think, every time I’m on the mountain, I’m just so grateful to be there”

– Chloe Kim

19. “The mountains are calling and I must go”

– John Muir

20. “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

21. “Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That 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

22. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wears you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe”

– Muhammad Ali

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

– Barry Finlay

24. “Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing”

 – John Muir

25. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity”

– John Muir

26. “One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books”

– John Muir

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

– Edmund Hillary

28. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…. get on your way!”

– Dr Seuss

29. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”

– William Blake

30. “You won’t find reasonable men at the top of tall mountains”

– Hunter S Thompson

31. “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.

32. “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

33. “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

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

– Friedrich Nietzsche

35. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

– Edmund Hillary

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

– Marianne Williamson

37. “You don’t need to climb a mountain to know that it’s high.”

– Paula Coelho

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

– Andrew Garfield

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

– Greg Child

40. “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

41. “I learn something every time I go into the mountains.”

– Michael Kennedy

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

– Werner Herzog

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

– Jeanne Moreau

44. “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

45. “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

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

– Harley King

47. “When you stand at the bottom of the mountain and look up at the mountaintop, the path looks hard and stony, and the top is obscured by clouds.

But when you reach the top and you look down, you realize that there are a thousand paths that could have brought you to that place.”

– Roz Savage

48. “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

49. “The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain, he is inspired by it.”

– William Arthur Ward

50. “Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views!”

– Nyki Mack

51. ”Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion.”

– Robert Macfarlane

52. “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

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

– T. S. Eliot

54. “In the mountains, you are sometimes invited, sometimes tolerated, and sometimes told to go home.”

– Fred Beckey

56. “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

57. “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

58. “I go to seek a great perhaps”

– John Green

59. “You often hear people speaking as if life was like striving upward toward a mountain peak. That is not so.

Life is as if you were traveling a ridge crest. You have the gulf of inefficiency on one side and the gulf of wickedness on the other, and it helps not to have avoided one gulf if you fall into the other.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

60. “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

61. “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

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

– John Muir

63. “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

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

– John Ruskin

65. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

– John Muir

66. “Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet.”

– Brooke Hampton

67. “Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down”

– Edmund Hillary

68. “Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained.”

– Aleksander Lwow

69. “I like geography best because your mountains & rivers know the secret; Pay no attention to borders.”

– Brian Andreas

70. “So this was what a mountain was like the same as a person: the more you know, the less you fear.”

– Wu Ming-Yi

71. “In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.”

– Rusty Baille

72. “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”

– John Fox

73. “You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.”

– Stanislaw Lem

74. “Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

– Sir Martin Convay

75. “The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.”

– Sam Cummings

76. “Getting to the top of any given mountain was considered much less important than how one got there: prestige was earned by tackling the most unforgiving routes with minimal equipment, in the boldest style imaginable.”

– Jon Krakauer

77. “When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart.”

– Dan May

78. “Once Everest was determined to be the highest summit on earth, it was only a matter of time before people decided that Everest needed to be climbed.”

– Jon Krakauer

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

– Friedrich Neitszche

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

– Matthew Arnold

81. “When faced with a large project, remember you move a mountain one stone at a time.”

– Catherine Pulsifer

82. “The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

83. “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

84. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

– Henry David Thoreau

85. “When the wind calls, you know, that somewhere in the mountains, it has found the answers that you were looking for. The pull of the horizon overcomes the inertia of reason… And you just have to go.”

– Vikram Oberoi

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

– Bill Janklow

87. “Any coward can sit at home and criticize a pilot for flying into a mountain in a fog. But I would rather by far die on a mountainside than in bed.”

– Charles Lindbergh

88. “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life.”

– John Amatt

89. “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”

– Robert W. Service

90. “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”

– Aldous Huxley

91. “Every great achievement is but a small peak in the mountain range of contributions.”

– Dale T. Mortensen

92. “Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks; they are the summits of ranges.”

– Thomas W. Higginson

93. “Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.”

– Swami Vivekananda

94. “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

95. “The coniferous forests of 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

96. “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

97. “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

– Henry David Thoreau

98. “The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.”

– Georges Simenon

99. “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

– Tennessee Williams

100. How wild it was to let it be.”

– Cheryl Strayed

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