30 Perfect Top of the Mountain Quotes

Here we have gathered all the best top of the mountain quotes and quotes about mountain tops into one place. Spending time in the mountains can be simultaneously calming and inspiring. We quit our jobs over 10 years ago, have been travelling ever since and spending time hiking in the mountains is one of our favourite things to do.  From day hikes or a multi-day treks, there have been so many great ones, from the Canadian Rockies to Everest Base Camp. From the Tour du Mont Blanc (the best trek in Europe) to the Tongiriro Crossing (the best day hike in New Zealand).

Occasionally we climb to the top of the mountain or sometimes just admire the view from below. We have found that being among the mountain tops can be such an amazing experience that it can be difficult to describe and capture that elusive feeling. This list of quotes on mountain tops will help you do just that.

We have paired our favourite top of the mountain quotes with some of our favourite photos from various hikes in the Canadian Rockies.

If you would rather have a caption for your mountain photo check out our list of the best mountain captions or go ahead and use one of these mountain top quotes for Instagram.

Or if you are looking for a specific mountain quote that doesn’t mention the view we also have lists for:

Best Top of the Mountain Quotes

”Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

 – Barry Finlay

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

 -Dag Hammerskjold     

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

– Sir Martin Convay

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

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.“

-Robert M. Pirsig

On the Tent Ridge hike in Kananaskis near Banff

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

– Edmund Hillary

“I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.”

– Andrew Garfield

“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

“I take all day to climb mountains and then spend about 10 minutes at the top admiring the view.”

 – Sebastian Thrun

A sharp tall mountain with two alpine lakes below and a top of the mountain quotes that reads I take all day to climb mountains and then spend about 10 minutes at the top admiring the view
View from the top of Smutwood Peak

“Highest of heights, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit and solitude echoing back at me.”

– Bradley Chicho

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

– Andy Rooney

”Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion.”

– Robert Macfarlane

“Without mountains, we might find ourselves relieved that we can avoid the pain of the ascent, but we will forever miss the thrill of the summit. And in such a terribly scandalous trade-off, it is the absence of pain that becomes the thief of life.”

– Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Getting to the top of any given mountain was considered much less important than how one got there: prestige was earned by tackling the most unforgiving routes with minimal equipment, in the boldest style imaginable.”

 – Jon Krakauer

“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

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

– Khalil Gibran

“Happiness is not at the top of the mountains but in how we climb it.”

“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

“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, think of the view from the top”

A lake with mountains behind and a top of the moutain quotes that reads when everything feels like an uphill struggle think of the view from the top
On the way to the Devil’s Thumb at Lake Louise – one of the best hikes in Banff

“Every great achievement is but a small peak in the mountain range of contributions.”

– Dale T. Mortensen

“Without mountains, we might find ourselves relieved that we can avoid the pain of the ascent, but we will forever miss the thrill of the summit. And in such a terribly scandalous trade-off, it is the absence of pain that becomes the thief of life.”

– Craig D. Lounsbrough

“I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to    the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition.”

– Shannon L. Alder

“Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks; they are the summits of ranges.”

 – Thomas W. Higginson

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

– Sir Martin Convay

“Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.”

 – Frank Herbert

“The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.”

– Jeanne Moreau

“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.”

– Robert Macfarlane

“You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.”

 – Stanislaw Lem

“I think I’ve peaked!”

– Dean Johnston

A path through the snow toward a mountain with a top of the mountain quotes that reads I think I've peaked!
On the way to Chester Lake – one of the best easy hikes in Kananaskis near Banff

We also have other lists of quotes and captions about nature including the sun, waterfalls, sunsets , forests, rivers, lakes, trees, mountains, the sea, sunshine and sunrise.

Let us know in the comments below if we missed any on top of the mountain quotes that should be added.

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