Climbing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old climbing quotes, climbing sayings, and climbing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Andy Rooney

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

Criss Jami

Sometimes, that mountain you've been climbing, is just a grain of sand.     

Carrie Underwood

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Climbing is not a battle with the elements, nor against the law of gravity. It's a battle against oneself.

Walter Bonatti

Failures are the stairs we climb to reach success.

Roy T. Bennett

Climbing, simply and joyfully, is the way I love the world.

Steph Davis

Climbing is a great effort, but the extraordinary pleasure.

Jerzy Kukuczka

Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow.     

Annie Smith Peck

Going to the mountains is going home.

John Muir

Climbing trees is still one of my favorite things to do. A tree and a good book and I'm happy.

Emayatzy E. Corinealdi

It's like climbing a staircase. I'm on the top of the staircase, I look behind me and I see the steps. That's where I was.     

Jeanne Moreau

Climbing is a great game great not in spite of the demands it makes, but because of them. Great because it will not let us give half of ourselves-it demands all of us. It demands our best.     

Royal Robbins

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.     

Nelson Mandela

I say we are climbing out of a ditch and we are climbing up.     

Tim Kaine

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