quote by Edmund Hillary

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!

— Edmund Hillary

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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.

Had I been a man I might have explored the Poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was my spirit found outlet in the air. . . .

You don't play triathlon. You play soccer; it's fun. You play baseball. Triathlon is work that you can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking on the roadside. It's the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top of the world. What kind of person keeps coming back for more of that?

If it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest, then I will have to live with this shame.

I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.

Jesus Christ did not ask much from us, He did not demand that people climb Mount Everest or make great sacrifices. He just asked that we love one another.

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

No one remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time.

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

I can't understand why men make all this fuss about Everest-it's only a mountain.

I was on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday.

The question was, 'You're on the torture rack, they're going to kill you, who are you going to vote for? Mitt Romney, or Barack Obama? I said, 'Look, I've climbed Mount Everest. I know how to do what it takes. Take this to the bank: I would rather die.'

The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top.

I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80.

This is the world's best feeling, although I'm totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.

I tell the players that they can't relive any day in their lives and that they can't relive the minutes of a game, so they should make a great effort, a Mount Everest type effort, to live up to their potential. Success is a communal type thing, and if we win, then everyone can be considered successful and we can move uptown together.

- Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest, Sir? - Because it is there.

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.

The highest of the world's mountains, it seems, has to make but a single gesture of magnificence to be the lord of all, vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy.

Mountains don't kill people, they just sit there.

When you're climbing Mount Everest, nothing is easy.

You just take one step at a time, never look back and always keep your eyes glued to the top.

People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly!

When I meet people who say - which they do all of the time - 'I must just tell you, my great aunt had cancer of the elbow and the doctors gave her 10 seconds to live, but last I heard she was climbing Mount Everest,' and so forth, I switch off quite early.

There are two things I will never do in my life.

I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world.

Self-mastery is a challenge for every individual.

Only we can control our appetites and passions. Self-mastery cannot be bought by money or fame. It is the ultimate test of our character. It requires climbing out of the deep valleys of our lives and scaling our own Mount Everests.

It's amazing that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile.

Gradually, very gradually, we saw the great mountain sides and glaciers and aretes, now one fragment and now another through the floating rifts, until far higher in the sky than imagination had dared to suggest the white summit of Everest appeared.

I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they "don't have time to read." This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn't have time to buy any rope or pitons.

The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this;

What is the use of climbing Mount Everest? and my answer must at once be, it is no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever.

The only thing you'll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view.

The things that really matter lie far below.

I still climb Mount Everest just as often as I used to.

I play polo just as often as I used to. But to walk down to the hardware store I find a little bit more difficult

The sheer volume of evidence for survival after death is so immense that to ignore it is like standing at the foot of Mount Everest and insisting that you cannot see the mountain.

People are overwhelmed looking up at the Mount Everest of environmental challenges that we face. But you put one foot in front of the other and you recognize that not everyone is Sir Edmund Hillary.

Because it is there [famous explanation for wanting to climb Mount Everest].

Why climb Mount Everest? Because it's there.

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