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Goodre. Quotes tagged as "mountains" Showing of Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men.
These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention. 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.
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You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go! What are men to rocks and mountains? More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them.
At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled.
One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia.
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By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us. Oh, we may learn a blow about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may alpine our observation to some for the purposes of aviation.
But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go.
What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live.
That is what life means and what life is for. Pay no attention to boundaries. He longed to shut out the immensity in a quiet room by a fire. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round.
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I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day. The world is a bright mosaic where we learn like children to see, where our little blurry eyes strive greedily to take in as much light and love and colour and detail as they can.
The world is a coaxing whisper when the wind lips the trees, when the sea licks the shore, when animals burrow into earth and people look up at the sympathetic stars.
The world is an admonishing roar when gales chase rainclouds over the plains and whip up ocean waves, when people crowd into cities or intrude into dazzling jungles. What right have we to carry our desperate mouths up mountains or into deserts? Do we want to taste rock and sand or do we expect to make impossible poems from space and silence? The vastness at least reminds us how tiny we are, and how much we don't yet understand.
We are mere babes in the universe, all brothers and sisters in the nursery together. We had better learn to play nicely before we're allowed out And we want to go out, don't we? Into the distant humming welcoming darkness.
Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble -- to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consumer nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood.
By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself. Thus, it is essential to recognize that we can never know more than one side, one small aspect of a mountain. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation — an ascent above the reach of life's expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.
In his secret mind he had imagined himself keeping that oath through blazing battle, enemy torture, what-have-you, even while sharing cynical cracks afterwards with Ivan about archaic dress swords and the sort of people who insisted on wearing them. But in the dark of subtler temptations, those that hurt without heroism for consolation, he foresaw, the Emperor would no longer be the symbol of Barrayar in his heart.
Peace to you, small lady, he thought to Raina. You've won a twisted poor modern knight, to wear your favor on his sleeve. But it's a twisted poor world we were both born into, that rejects us without mercy and ejects us without consultation.
At least I won't just tilt at windmills for you. I'll send in sappers to mine the twirling suckers, and blast them into the sky He knew who he served now. And why he could not quit. And why he must not fail. Usually they stood silently for a while and breathed in peacefulness.
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