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It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out;
by Robert W. Service

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out;
it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
- Robert W. Service

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I remember little of the Yukon or what I wrote there.
- Robert W. Service

Write verse, not poetry.
The public wants verse.
If you have a talent for poetry, then don't by any means mother it,
but try your hand at verse.
- Robert W. Service

I have an intense dislike for artificial society.
In France, one could lead a free life -
to do what one wanted to do without interference or
criticism from one's neighbors.
- Robert W. Service

 

The only society I like is rough and tough,
and the tougher the better.
There's where you get down to bedrock and meet human people.
- Robert W. Service

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made straight
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- Khalil Gibran

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.
We do not always win the race
By only running right;
We have to tread the mountain's base
Before we reach its height.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I just want to do God's will.
And he's allowed me to go to the mountain.
And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land!
I may not get there with you,
but I want you to know tonight that
we as a people will get to the promised land.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir

Vegetarians are cool.
All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak.
- Ted Nugent

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks;
they are the summits of ranges.
- Thomas W. Higginson

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top.
Then you will see how low it was.
- Dag Hammarskjold

After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must
say I have climbed my last political mountain.
- George C. Wallace

I had the Big Horn river explored from Wind River mountain
to my place of embarkation.
- William Henry Ashley

I love roller coasters.
I don't get a chance often, but I've gone to Magic
Mountain and gone on the rides.
I love roller coasters.
- Anthony Hopkins

Take it from a guy: If you're in love with somebody,
you will swim the stream, you will climb the mountain,
you will slay the dragon.
You're going to get to her somehow, some way.
- Phil McGraw

There are naked people in boots on a mountain top firing guns.
- Andy Richter

I like being near the top of a mountain.
One can't get lost here.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to
get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.
- Paul D. Boyer

It is my duty to voice the suffering of men,
the never-ending sufferings heaped mountain-high.
- Kathe Kollwitz

When the sun is shining I can do anything;
no mountain is too high,
no trouble too difficult to overcome.
- Wilma Rudolph

Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park,
but it has the longest line.
- Ric Flair

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate
person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
- Aleister Crowley

Salzburg...
is a mountain town with a rushing river running right through the center,
everything in the rain various shades of green and brown.
- Jonathan Carroll

The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds;
High towers fall with a heavier crash;
And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
- Horace

Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
and robes the mountain in its azure hue.
- Thomas Campbell

My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.
- Alan Rickman

I know the guru route, I know you go sit on a mountain.
But screw India.
I ain't going there.
- Susan Powter

St.
Paul's arose like some huge mountain above the enormous
mass of smaller buildings.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

Housework is a breeze.
Cooking is a pleasant diversion.
Putting up a retaining wall is a lark.
But teaching is like climbing a mountain.
- Fawn M. Brodie

We are all vegetarians here, and except for a mountain
lion that's been hanging around and killed our dog,
we don't have a care in the world.
- Dirk Benedict

We've climbed the mighty mountain.
I see the valley below, and it's a valley of peace.
- George W. Bush

I never weary of great churches.
It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery.
Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The mountain music...
is compelling music in its own right,
harking back to a time when music was a part of everyday
life and not something performed by celebrities.
- Ethan Coen

Wanting to take a light camera with me when I climb
or do mountain runs has kept me using exclusively 35 mm.
- Galen Rowell

Henry Fonda gave me a spanking during a scene in Spencer's Mountain.
- Maureen O'Hara

Over every mountain there is a path,
although it may not be seen from the valley.
- Theodore Roethke

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
- William Faulkner

You know, Hoosiers recognize pork when we see it.
And they recognize what bailing out every failing business in America means -
We're burying generations under a mountain range of debt.
- Mike Pence

A few men own from ten thousand to two hundred thousand acres each.
The poor Laborer can find no resting place,
save on the barren mountain, or in the trackless desert.
- Denis Kearney

One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills.
- Earl Wilson

To live for some future goal is shallow.
It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life,
not the top.
- Robert M. Pirsig

Martin Luther King took us to the mountain top:
I want to take us to the bank.
- Don King

My children are all doing just fine.
The mountain dogs are great in this weather.
The yorkies are freezing.
- Catherine Crier

Winners take time to relish their work,
knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the
view from the top so exhilarating.
- Denis Waitley

The great thing about rock-n-roll is you realize the
top of the mountain is big enough for more than one band.
- Paul Stanley

If there was the opportunity to climb a mountain,
or to go ballooning, or some adventurous activity,
I would always be keen to do it.
I loved the countryside.
- Roger Bannister

Groups like The Mountain Brothers just have to keep
on doing what they're doing -
just make it dope and just make it different.
And not try to compete with other people of color.
- Chad Hugo

Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
- Christopher Marlowe

There's a world out there, and you've got to look at
both sides of the mountain in your lifetime.
- Bill Janklow

When preparing to climb a mountain -
pack a light heart.
- Dan May

Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God;
if faith can overcome this,
there is no mountain which it cannot remove.
- Dean Inge

The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley.
Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional,
with a lot of voice and character.
- Robert Morgan

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
- Barbara Walters

I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.
- Paul Nurse

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa
meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the
salmon sing in the street.
- W. H. Auden

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big,
worthwhile things.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out -
it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
- Robert Service

It is my desire to be a great writer.
I know that I still have a mountain to climb to achieve that.
- Guy Johnson

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new.
This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb,
and to seek the mountain view.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots.
Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows,
with a harp and sword in my hands.
- Zora Neale Hurston

The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable.
It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass;
and beyond there is a different country.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like
it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition.
- Loretta Lynn

I'd be nervous about skiing, wondering what I'd do
if I felt shaky on top of a mountain;
but other diabetics do ski,
so there's no reason I couldn't.
- Dana Hill


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