The Best Mountain Quotes to Inspire Your Next Journey

The mountains help us connect with nature and show us that we can achieve any feats. Here’s a list of the best mountain quotes to fuel your inspiration during those days when you can’t get outside and climb a mountain.

Whether you want to get some exercise, see the world from a different view or clear your head to get a fresh perspective, there is nothing quite like spending time outdoors in nature. Hiking ridges and reaching summits is one of my favorite things to do.

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Best Mountain Quotes

Want to conquer a goal? Searching for adventure? Need Instagram captions to go with your mountain photos? Here are the best mountain quotes to get you moving. Embrace the journey.  

“Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible, and you should be sure of what you’re doing.” – Paulo Coelho

“There is no adrenaline rush. If I get an adrenaline rush, it means that something has gone horribly wrong.” ― Alex Honnold

“No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun.” – Chinese Proverb

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

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Robert W. Service

Inspirational Mountain Quotes

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views!”  – Nyki Mack

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

“Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” – Richard M. Nixon

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

Short Mountain Quotes 

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

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

“If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain.” – Unknown

“You won’t find reasonable men at the tops of tall mountains.”  – Hunter S. Thompson

“All good things are wild and free.”

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Quotes About Mountains

“If you want to train for big mountain endeavors, spend time in big mountains.” – Jimmy Chin

“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.

“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets, and the more it can expand.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money.” – John Muir

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

“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

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

“I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.” – John Muir

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What are some of the most inspiring travel quotes?

“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.” – Edmund Hillary

“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. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more.” ― Victoria Erickson

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

“The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it.” – Herbert A. Simon

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Whether you’re planning to climb mountains today or getting ready for an outdoor adventure somewhere new, we hope you enjoyed this list of the best mountain quotes. 

Where will your next journey take you?