Mountain Sayings and Quotes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.     

John Muir

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

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

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

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

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