Quotes of Climbing

“ Alpinism is the whole ball of wax, not just one aspect of climbing. You have to know how to live in the mountains, travel, and blend in the technical skills with speed and efficiency. In rock climbing you might focus on a pitch for only a few moments, while in alpine climbing your focus can go on for months. ”

- Michael Kennedy

“ If you think you're tops, you won't do much climbing. ”

- Arnold Glasow

“ At the edge of the cliffs, the wind is a smack, and D-day becomes wildly clear: climbing that cutting edge into the bullets. ”

- John Vinocur

“ A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands. ”

- William Lyon Phelps

“ Rather than being a risk-taker as such, I consider myself and my climbing peers to be risk-controllers, and we just enjoy being in this situation and keeping risk at a reasonable level. ”

- Alex Lowe

“ I think climbing is less a sport and more a hobby, and as such, I think everybody's a beginning climber. ”

- Alex Lowe

“ I often start into these trips knowing that there's an underlying purpose that transcends merely climbing a peak. ”

- Alex Lowe

“ Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder. ”

- William Faulkner

“ There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. ”

- Winston Churchill

“ There are only 3 sports, Bullfighting, Motor Racing and Mountain climbing. All the rest are games. ”

- Earnest Hemingway

“ Sensual pleasures are like soap bubbles, sparkling, effervescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world. ”

- John H. Aughey

“ Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. ”

- Stephen R. Covey

“ Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain. ”

- Fawn M. Brodie

“ He's the type who makes mountains out of molehills and then sells climbing equipment. ”

- Ivern Ball

“ Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not. Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ We are taught to consume. And that's what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it's just a mind set, that it's just an addiction, then we wouldn't be out there stepping on people's hands climbing the corporate ladder of success. ”

- River Phoenix

“ Climbing, when I first started 20, 25 years ago, was a much smaller community. And I think climbers were seen to be sort of iconoclastics of the social misfits, so we all tended to coalesce a little more, maybe, than climbers do today. ”

- Alex Lowe

“ When people ask me 'What should I do to get ready for big climbs in Alaska or the Himalayas?' I always tell them to get their basic mountain skills, then do a bunch of winter climbing and ski mountaineering in a place like Colorado, where the snowpack is bad and the weather unpredictable… ”

- Michael Kennedy

“ A long time ago I figured out I was a generalist. That's why I did Climbing Magazine for so long. Part of what appealed to me about that was putting the whole thing together, and understanding how all the aspects of the magazine function, and being able to integrate those and drive the process forward. ”

- Michael Kennedy

“ Imagine a nineteenth-century Jane Fonda visiting the Oglala Sioux in the Black Hills before the battle at Little Big Horn. Imagine her examining Crazy Horse's arrows or climbing upon Sitting Bull's horse. Such behavior by a well-known actress no doubt would have infuriated Gen… ”

- Tom Hayden

“ Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath. ”

- Lewis Thomas

“ Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving… ”

- Edna Ferber

“ One only gets to the top rung of the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you — suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, "Well, I'll have a go, too… ”

- Margaret Thatcher

“ If you're climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don't look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don't think you're progressing until you step back and see how high you've really gone. ”

- Donny Osmond
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