Here is a list of great climbing and mountaineering quotes i was able to collate. Please feel free to contribute quotes that you think are inspirational.

The summit is just a halfway point
– Ed Visteurs

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.
– Hermann Buhl

The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.
– Al Neuharth

Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.
– John Muir

There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.
– Ernest Hemingway

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
– Ed Viesturs

It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.
– The 3 rules of mountaineering

The bizarre trend in mountaineers is not the risk they take, but the large degree to which they value life. They are not crazy because they don’t dare, they’re crazy because they do. These people tend to enjoy life to the fullest, laugh the hardest, travel the most, and work the least.
–  Lisa Morgan

It’s not dying that is the problem, he said. ‘Climbing is like a lover, and your wife knows this. Whenever you are together, no matter how much you love your family, your thoughts are only of your lover, of climbing.

– Andy Kirkpatrick

To be a climber one has to accept that gratification is rarely immediate.

– Bernadette McDonald

Mountaineers are one of the few groups to celebrate before the finish line. More mountaineers die on the descent than on the ascent.

–  Susan Oakey-Baker

People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account 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.

– George Mallory

Because it is there.

– George Mallory

K2 is not some malevolent being, lurking there above the Baltoro, waiting to get us. It’s just there. It’s indifferent. It’s an inanimate mountain made of rock, ice, and snow. The “savageness” is what we project onto it, as if we blame the peak for our own misadventures on it.

– Ed Viesturs

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.

– Edward Whymper

How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end – to know there’s no dream that mustn’t be dared. . . Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! We’re not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished. . . Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No. . . and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction. . . fulfilled a destiny. . . To struggle and to understand – never this last without the other; such is the law. . .

– George Mallory

The rope connecting two men on a mountain is more than nylon protection; it is an organic thing that transmits subtle messages of intent and disposition from man to man; it is an extension of the tactile senses, a psychological bond, a wire along which currents of communication flow.

– Trevanian, The Eiger Sanction

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

– Evan Hardin

 

The best training was to go to the pub, drink 5 quarts of beer, and talk about climbing.

– Ron Fawcett

 

As in any alpine region, the weather is changeable, protection questionable, route-finding bewildering, rockfall frequent and descents tedious. In short, it’s everything you could ever ask for.

– From the Canadian Alpine Journal, 1993