And really, the reason we think of death in celestial terms is that the visible firmament, especially at night (above our blacked-out Paris with the gaunt arches of its Boulevard Exelmans and the ceaseless Alpine gurgle of desolate latrines), is the most adequate and ever-present symbol of that vast silent explosion.
— Vladimir Nabokov

Under his spurning feet, the roadLike an arrowly alpine river flowedAnd the landscape sped away behindLike an ocean flying before the wind....
Thomas Buchanan Read alpine quote

The shades of night were falling fast,As though an Alpine village passedA youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,A banner with the strange device,Excelsior!His brow was sad; his eye beneath,Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,And like a silver clarion rungThe accents of that unknown tongue,Excelsior!
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.
— G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

Skiing is the pleasurable part of alpinism - way more pleasurable and fun than alpine climbing.
— alpine quotation by Michael Kennedy