Stefan Mertens - Tue, 26 Mar 2019 - Start the conversation

Top 10 Inspiring Mountaineering quotes

Mountaineering quotes are an amazing source of motivation and inspiration.

Mountaineering is basically the art of ascending mountains. Whatever activity that involves climbing a mountain could be considered part of mountaineering.

The mountains have inspired mankind for ages, hence we have a lot of sayings and motivational speeches referring to mountains, as something to take motivation and inspiration from.

If you have ever ascended a mountain, whether big or small, you probably understand why mountains are such a big inspiration.

Mountains are a great teacher of life lessons. Mountaineering is a humbling experience, gives you a confidence boost, a sense of achievement, and many other lessons for personal development.

We decided to share our favorite mountaineering quotes with you, hoping they will inspire you as much as they inspire us.

Here is the list of quotes, in no particular order. Hope you enjoy them, and if you do, feel free to share them.

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

Sir Edmund Hillary

"You can't climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts."

Zig Ziglar

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

Andy Rooney

"If you think you've peaked, find a new mountain."


"When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top."


"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence."

Hermann Buhl

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

Barry Finlay

"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

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

Greg Child

"Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery."

John Ruskin

"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary."

Friedrich Nietzsche

Related: Top 10 John Muir quotes

Inspired yet?

That is it for now. Hopefully you feel inspired after reading these timeless quotes. If you feel like we left out some inspiring mountain / mountaineering quotes, please let us know!

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