quote by Jack Kerouac

Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain

— Jack Kerouac

Most Powerful Climbers quotations

The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem--he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.

Climbing is not a battle with the elements, nor against the law of gravity.

It's a battle against oneself.

My ambition was to become the best climber and I never did.

I think that goal was a wrong goal. A better one is to put more emphasis on enjoyment and on getting a rounded experience and on things like friendship, rather than on sheer achievement.

I've climbed with some of the best climbers in the world, more importantly, to me, they are some of the best people in the world. That's another reason why I climb.

The strongest climbers aren’t always the happiest or nicest to be around;

neither are some of them coming from the purest motivation. Climbing another V17 is not going to save the world! This activity of 'rock climbing' is merely one of many ways to exist, pass the time, and evolve and grow from one moment to the next. That’s all.

Each climber loses one finger or toe once in a while.

This is a small but important reason for Polish climbers success. Western climbers haven't lost as many fingers or toes.

Short is the little which remains to thee of life. Live as on a mountain.

Experience comes from bad judgment.

Most climbers aren't in fact deranged, they're just infected with a particularly virulent strain of the Human Condition.

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.

We don't live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means, and that is what life is for.

We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us. We have no cause for complaint.

I climb upon the highest mountains, laughing at all tragedies - whether real or imaginary.

Hasty climbers have sudden falls.

To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity.

There are two kinds of people. Those who climb mountains and those who sit in the shadow of the mountains and critique the climbers.

For a climber, saying that you are stopping by Everest is like saying that you are stopping by to see God.

First of all, who's your A&R? A mountain climber who plays an electric guitar? But he don't know the meaning of dope, When he's lookin for a suit and tie rap That's cleaner than a bar of soap! And I'm the dirtiest thing in sight, Matter of fact, bring out the girls and let's have a mud fight.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it.

Putin did not head the KGB, never has.

Putin was a mid-level nobody there. Putin was one of those guys in the KGB who was a climber. He was forever hoping, climbing that ladder, trying to get to the head spot.

Climbers have no sense of smell.

The rules of the game must be constantly updated to keep up with the expanding technology. Otherwise we overkill the classic climbs and delude ourselves into thinking we are better climbers than the pioneers.

There is an interconnectedness among members that bonds the family, much like mountain climbers who rope themselves together when climbing a mountain, so that if someone should slip or need support, he's held up by the others until he regains his footing.

I have a variety of friends I climb with.

But the common thing is I trust all of them. They're solid climbers, the sort of people I trust to know what they're doing.

I am afraid if there is anything to be afraid of.

A precipice cannot hurt you. Lions and tigers can. The streets of New York I consider more dangerous than the Matterhorn to a thoroughly competent and careful climber.

But life has no smooth roads for any of us.

And in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim, the very roughness only stimulates the climber to sturdier and steadier steps, till that other legend of the rough places fulfils itself at last; "per aspera ad astra;" over steep ways to the stars.

Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.

My friend Kurt Maix once described this diffidence as Fear's friendly sister, the right and necessary counterweight to that courage that urges men skyward, and protects them from self-destruction.

I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was.

As a child I was the best tree climber in our neighbourhood, I was like a little monkey. I've never been afraid of hurting myself or a little physical discomfort.

Whenever a climber leaves the known paths, he enters an area without rules or routines... The only advice comes from deep inside the self.

Everest wasn't like any other mountain.

Only one of ten climbers who attempt the mountain stands on the summit. And for every three climbers who do scale the mountain, one dies trying. The facts aren't welcoming. But you don't plan a trip to Everest believing those facts will apply to you.

How wonderful is Cold Mountain Climbers are all afraid The moon shines on clear water twinkle twinkle Wind rustles the tall grass Plum trees flower in the snow Bare twisted trees have clouds for foliage A touch of rain brings it all alive Unless you see clearly do not approach