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.


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

Dag Hammarskjold

The best view comes after the hardest climb.     

Vanessa Gendoma

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

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

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

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

John Muir

The mountains are calling and I must go.     

John Muir

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

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

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