Powerful enough to inspire on the flattest of days.

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The majesty of the mountains is a year-round magic–spring with its budding flowers, summer with lush green trails, fall with foliage ablaze, and winter with snow-capped peaks. That steady yet cyclical splendor follows you home, even if your closest mountain town is states away. Just a memory of time spent mountainside can be powerful enough to inspire the flattest of days. It can push you to find beauty in the ordinary or challenge you to climb higher through any difficult task life throws your way. It’s no wonder there are so many famous, inspiring mountain quotes by notable authors and even past presidents. From short sayings and climbing quotes to sensory-evoking messages from John Muir and joyful sayings from Dr. Seuss, we’ve compiled some of our favorite quotes about mountains that are sure to move you.     

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John Muir

‘The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir

Dr. Seuss Mountain Quote
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Dr. Seuss

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! – Dr. Seuss

Jane Austen Mountain Quote
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Jane Austen

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” – Jane Austen

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Dag Hammerskjold

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammerskjold

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Greg Child

"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb." – Greg Child

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William Shakespeare

"Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains." – William Shakespeare

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Muhammad Ali

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wears you out; it's the pebble in your shoe." – Muhammad Ali

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Andrew Garfield

"I've realized that at the top of the mountain, there's another mountain." – Andrew Garfield

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Proverb

"No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun." – Chinese Proverb

John Muir Mountain Quote
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John Muir

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." –John Muir

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Sir Martin Convay

"Each fresh peak ascended teaches something." – Sir Martin Convay

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John Muir

"We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making eery nerve quiver, filing every pore and cell of us." – John Muir

T.S. Eliot Mountain Quote
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T.S. Eliot

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." – T. S. Eliot 

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Richard Nixon

"Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain." – Richard Nixon 

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Ed Viesturs

"Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." – Ed Viesturs 

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George W. Bush

"We've climbed the mighty mountain. I see the valley below, and it's a valley of peace." – George W. Bush

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Barry Finlay

"Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing." – Barry Finlay 

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Edmund Hillary

"Life's a bit like mountaineering – never look down." – Edmund Hillary 

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John Muir

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." – John Muir

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Barry Finlay

"Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing." – Barry Finlay 

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Harley King

"May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits." – Harley King

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Tyler Knott

"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 strength to rise up" – Tyler Knott 

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John Muir

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings." – John Muir 

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Mark Obmascik

"I like like the mountains, because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what's important in life." – Mark Obmascik

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Vanessa Gendoma

"The best view comes after the hardest climb." – Vanessa Gendoma