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20+ Quotes About Mountains to Inspire You to New Heights

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The tallest mountains can at once remind us of how small we are while also filling our minds with awe and the inspiration to reach greater heights. Here are 20+ inspiring mountain quotes and quotes about mountains.

Inspirational Quotes About Mountains | Mountain Quotes
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“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.” – John Lubbock

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen.” – Rene Daumal

“Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years.” – John C. Maxwell

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

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“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” – John Muir

“The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.” – Marianne Williamson

“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” – Andy Andrews

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammerskjold

“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” – Friedrich Neitszche

I saw a beautifully profound quote the other day online that said, “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb” by Najwa Zebian. Have you been carrying around the weight of mountains on your shoulders?

Are You Carrying Around the Weight of Mountains?

I saw a beautifully profound quote the other day online that said, “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb” by Najwa Zebian. So what does this quote mean? Have you been carrying around the weight of mountains on your shoulders?

Too often, when painful things happen, we continue to hold onto the weight of the experience for years after the fact. We metaphorically carry around the weight of mountains.

We’re meant to overcome the bad experiences, to journey past the adversity, but if we keep carrying around the pain with us, then it can get overwhelming. Imagine if you held onto the memory of every bad thing that’s ever happened to you (maybe you do). It would be exhausting, and everything would feel so heavy all the time.

Depression can feel like that sometimes. Even everyday struggles can feel immovable because we’re already carrying around the weight of mountains, so anything else is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

But it’s possible to let go of the past and put down the heavy burden you’re carrying around.

It’s ok to let go.

I don’t think there’s a scientific way to “let go of the past,” so for now we’ll have to stick to symbolic actions. 😃 I’ve always found doing forgiveness work to be helpful. You can also try doing a letting go ritual. And of course, general decluttering (emotional and physical stuff) can be helpful, because the literal stuff around you can also feel like it’s weighing you down.

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In general, the answer is to declutter every aspect of your life. Emotional, spiritual, physical, environmental, etc. Just keep decluttering and forgiving (memories and physical things) until you start to feel a little lighter, and then declutter some more.

When I went home for Christmas recently I found it surprisingly emotional and cathartic to go through and throw out and recycle most of my old school work. While it was mostly homework, notes, and art work, going through all of it brought me back to that point in time and helped me process some of the memories, and then recycling a lot of it was like letting go of the weight from that period of my life.

As you journey through life, you don’t have to hold onto every brick that’s thrown at you. Use them to build a staircase, and then climb to the top.

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“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.” – Vera Nazarian

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

“The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far.” – Paulo Coelho

“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.” – Harley King

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

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“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfrid Noyce

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty.” – Victoria Erikson

“Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.” – Edmund Hillary

“Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face.” – Idowu Koyenikan

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