It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.— Edmund Hillary
The most contentment Edmund Hillary quotes that will transform you to a better person
You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things---to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I'll beat you the next time because you've grown all you are going to grow... but I'm still growing!
If the going is tough and the pressure is on, If the reserves of strength have been drained and the summit is still not in sight, then the quality to seek in the person is neither great strength nor quickness of hand, but rather a resolute mind firmly set on its purpose that refuses to let its body slack or rest.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves
While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn't the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.
Good planning is important. I've also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you're in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you're depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.
Challenge is what makes men. It will be the end when men stop looking for new challenges.
The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them.
But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find.
I have been seriously afraid at times but have used my fear as a stimulating factor rather than allowing it to paralyse me. My abilities have not been outstanding, but I have had sufficient strength and determination to meet my challenges and have usually managed to succeed with them.
No one remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time.
I think the really good mountaineer is the man with the technical ability of the professional and with the enthusiasm and freshness of approach of the amateur.
Geography was not furthered by the achievement, scientific progress was scarcely hastened, and nothing new was discovered. Yet the names of Hillary and Tenzing went instantly into all languages as the names of heroes, partly because they really were men of heroic mold but chiefly because they represented so compellingly the spirit of their time.
Environmental problems are really social problems anyway.
They begin with people as the cause and end with people as the victims
I think my strengths perhaps are that I'm determined.
I may not be the best climber in the world, but I do like to sort of succeed and so that tends to drive me on, as it were, and I don't give up too easily.
Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
As a youngster I was a great dreamer, reading many books of adventure and walking lonely miles with my head in the clouds.
Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself.
My relationship with the mountains actually started when I was 16.
Every year, a group used to be taken from Auckland Grammar down to the Tangariro National Park for a skiing holiday.
My most important projects have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my dear friends in the Himalaya and helping restore their beautiful monasteries, too.
I have the challenges sort of already there and as a consequence my companions feel a considerable desire to do this, too, and they feel very put out if they are left in the cold, so there we have it. We have me who has lots of ideas and then we have a very good team who wish - who are persuaded almost - to take part in these challenges.
I was a dreamer when I was at high school and even primary school.
I used to dream about doing adventurous things.
Everest you won't change, but I will get better...I will conquer you.
I have a number of heroes I still have warm feelings about.
[Derek] Shackleton, for instance, was definitely, and still is, one of my great heroes.
I'm sure the feeling of fear, as long as you can take advantage of it and not be rendered useless by it, can make you extend yourself beyond what you would regard as your capacity. If you're afraid, the blood seems to flow freely through the veins, and you really do feel a sense of stimulation.
I still had the same affection for New Zealand as I've always had. Didn't change at all.
I really haven't liked the commercialization of mountaineering, particularly of Mt. Everest. By paying $65,000, you can be conducted to the summit by a couple of good guides.
George Lowe was the one who opened the mail, and George started laughing uproariously and I looked up at him in astonishment and said, "What's so funny?" And he said, "You've been given a title", and I said, "Ha, ha, big joke." I didn't believe him but, sure enough, in this letter it indicated that the Queen had given me a title.
Some day I'm going to climb Everest.
It's all bullshit on Everest these days.
When I was 50 years old, I actually decided to draw up a list of half a dozen things that I really hadn't done very well, and I was going to make efforts to improve. One of them was skiing, and I really did become a very much better skier.
My mother was a schoolteacher and very keen that I go to a city school, so although it was fairly impoverished times, I traveled every day to the Auckland Grammar School.
On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.
I have no desire to live anywhere else but New Zealand.
I've had the good fortune to travel widely around the world, but New Zealand is home - and I like to be here. I'm proud to be a New Zealander.
I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying. The people just want to get to the top. They don't give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress and it doesn't impress me at all that they leave someone lying under a rock to die.
If I'm selecting a group, the first thing I look for is a record of achievement . . . If (candidates achieve) in small things, there's a very good chance they'll perform well in big things.
Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I've been called a great adventurer.
I did have my moments of despair. It was certainly not - it's not an experience I would like to have again. And then June came along.
Once I've decided to do something, I do usually try to carry it through to fruition.
I think Himalayan climbers tend to mature fairly late.
I think most of the successful Himalayan climbers have ranged from 28 to just over 40, really.
I like to think of Everest as a great mountaineering challenge, and when you've got people just streaming up the mountain - well, many of them are just climbing it to get their name in the paper, really.
Waihi Beach. It's a lovely beach, and we're right on the shore and I get a lot of pleasure out of waking up in the morning and hearing the waves roll in.
Many people have been getting too casual about climbing Everest. I forecast a disaster many times.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
I had a very strong desire to carry out adventures, but in those early days I didn't actually do any. I just dreamt about it.
My grandmother I admired even more [than mother].
She was an Irish lady and a very kind-hearted person. She had a lot of talent, she painted extremely well. She was quite a strong factor in my life.
You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete.
You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
I have to admit I do get a bit depressed at times and you know I think about the good old days when I was charging ahead.
I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.
I've often thought about that and the only suitable member to join me on that climb [to Everest] was George Lowe: he was strong, a good man on a mountain, with a great sense of humour, and I liked that. I think George and I could've done that together ... I've probably never told George that.
I get older I get more cantankerous, but June [Hillary] gets a bit more cantankerous, too.