Quotes - Peak Inspiration

A collection of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite novels, experiences on the trail, and people I've connected with while out exploring. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments. Enjoy


"We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is." ~Arnold Bennett


"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."


"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."


"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


"Ever since your goal found out you were traveling toward it, it has been running to meet you." ~Paulo Coelho


"We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." ~Kurt Vonnegut


"Because in the end you won't remember the time spent working in the office or mowing the lawn. Climb the goddamn mountain." ~ Jack Kerouac 


"Wisdom is the result of multiple perspectives."


"You can't fall if you don't climb. But there is no joy in living your whole life on the ground.


"Life is not about weathering the storm, but learning to dance in the rain."


"And the day came when the risk to stay in the bud was greater than the risk to blossom."


"When we let ourselves see only what we expect to see,  we view the contents of our own minds and miss what is truly before us."


"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." ~ George Addair


"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." ~Lao Tzo


"Go confidently in the direction of dreams. Live the life you have always imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau


"If you have built castles in the air, your work needs not be lost;  that is where they should be. Now lay the foundations under them." ~ Henry David Thoreau


"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Gandhi


"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault


"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." ~Roy L Goodman


"Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time, in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch, or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us." ~Robert Macfarlane

"When the journey is the goal, the path to discovery never ends."


"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." ~George Moore 


"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers,  the vast compass of the ocean, the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."~ St. Augustine


"Its never to late to be what you might have been." ~George Elliot


"In between goals is a thing called life, that is to be lived and enjoyed."


"Climb so that you may see the world. Not so the world may see you."


"To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: The compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with the past and future and an unwillingness  to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions." ~ Eckhart Tolle 


"The mountains are calling and I must go." ~John Muir


"I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what is important in life." ~ Mark Obmascik


"Surround yourself with people who light your path in life."


"It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield." ~W.B. Yeats 


"The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive."  ~Thich Naht Hanh


"The three C's in Life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in  life to change."

"This obsession is a curious thing. Sometimes I wonder about the merits of devoting so much of myself to a singular climbing objective. Much of the time it beats me down. Leaves me hanging my head in despair. But then there are the moments that bring me to life. When excitement wells up in my chest  in a way that doesn't happen in everyday life..." ~Tommy Caldwell


"Its not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." ~Sir Edmund Hillary


"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." ~William Arthur


"Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward." ~Yvon Chouinard


"The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure."  ~ Christopher McCandless


"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm , and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." ~Jawaharai Nehru


"Don't recklessly risk your life. It's worth living a long one, if for no better reason than to spend it wandering in the mountains." ~ Joe Kelsey 


"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."


"The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." ~ Alan Watts 


"In life there are no shortcuts to joy. Anything that's worth pursuing requires us to suffer just a little bit." ~Chris Burkhard


"I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. ~ Augusten Burroughs


"Behind the mask of ice people wear, there beats a heart of fire." ~Paulo Coelho


"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains." ~ John Muir


"Enlightenment begins where the pavement ends."


"Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life."


"There is no wifi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection."


"Take vacations. Go as many places as your can. You can always make money. You can't always make more memories."
















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