50 of the best mountain quotes to inspire your next adventure in the great outdoors. Each mountain quote is sure to make you want to achieve new heights in life!
The Ultimate Collection of Quotes on Mountains
There's something very primal about being in the mountains.
That feeling of nature being all powerful, combined with the desire to climb as high as possible so as to experience unique views and feelings.
Personally, I love cycling in the mountains even though it's challenging. Especially here in Greece!
That feeling of conquering a hard climb, taking time out to enjoy the view, and then gliding back down hill again on two wheels is unbeatable.
Truth be told, it makes me feel alive!
Famous Mountain Quotes
Whether you like to enjoy a good mountain view, want to conquer new heights, or like the feeling of downhill mountain biking, these inspirational mountain quotes are designed to make you step outdoors and start your next adventure!
Top 50 Mountains Quotes List
- Highest of heights, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit and solitude echoing back at me.
2. Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
– George Bernard Shaw
3. There are two kinds of climbers: those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.
– Alex Lowe
4. Women need opportunity and encouragement. If a girl can climb mountains, she can do anything positive within her field of work.
– Samina Baig
5. Mountains terrify me – they just sit about; they are so proud.
– Sylvia Plath
6. The mountains are a demanding, cold place, and they don’t allow for mistakes.
– Conrad Anker
7. The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
– Robert M. Pirsig
8. In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
9. You can’t move mountains by whispering at them.
10. 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
Best Mountain Quotes
In this next section of mountain travel quotes, you'll find some truly inspiring mountain sayings.
Combined as they are with wonderful images of mountains and the Great Outdoors, you'll want to start your next journey today!
11. Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
– Edmund Hillary
12. Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
– William Shakespeare
13. Climbing is my art; I get so much joy and gratification from it.
– Jimmy Chin
14. May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.
– Harley King
15. Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
– Theodore Roethke
16. It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
17. If you want to train for big mountain endeavors, spend time in big mountains.
– Jimmy Chin
18. When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.
– Wilma Rudolph
19. Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
– John Ruskin
20. Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.
Inspirational Mountain Quotes
Each one of these next mountain climbing quotes will motivate you to start planning your next trek or climb. Which one of these mountaineering quotes is your favourite? Leave a comment at the end of this list of quotes!
21. I go to seek a great perhaps
– John Green
22. Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.
23. How wild it was, to let it be.
– Cheryl Strayed
24. May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.
25. You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.
26. Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.
– Werner Herzog
27. I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.
– Andrew Garfield
28. The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.
– Jeanne Moreau
29. Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.
– Barry Finlay
30. The best view comes after the hardest climb.
Best Mountain Travel Quotes
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31. Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.
– Edmund Hillary
32. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
– T.S. Eliot
33. The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.
– Marianne Williamson
34. 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.
35. Hike more. Worry Less.
36. 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”
37. 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
38. The mountains are calling and I must go.
– John Muir
39. He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.
― Friedrich Neitszche
40. I like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.
Motivational Mountain View Quotes
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41. Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.
42. Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.
– Greg Child
43. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
44. Coffee, Mountains, Adventure.
45. You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!
46. All good things are wild and free.
47. The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.
– Casey Neistat
48. There are far better things ahead than the ones we leave behind.
– C.S. Lewis
As an added bonus, here's a few more mountain quotes and inspiring sayings from famous people, adventurers, thinkers and well known personalities.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. – John Muir
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
It's important to know that words don't move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains. – Danilo Dolci
You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. – René Daumal
So this was what a mountain was like, the same as a person: the more you know, the less you fear. – Wu Ming-Yi
Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. – Steve Jobs
The tops of mountains are among the unfinished parts of the globe, whither it is a slight insult to the gods to climb and pry into their secrets, and try their effect on our humanity. Only daring and insolent men, perchance, go there. – Henry David Thoreau
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