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Edmund Hillary Quotes

Edmund Hillary Quote: “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “With practice and focus, you can extend yourself far more than you ever believed possible.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “You don’t have to be a hero to accomplish great things – to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Strong motivation is the most important factor in getting you to the top.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Environmental problems are really social problems anyway. They begin with people as the cause and end with people as the victims.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “No one remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “It’s not a real adventure when you have to pay for it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “The Sherpas play a very important role in most mountaineering expeditions, and in fact many of them lead along the ridges and up to the summit.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Challenge is what makes men. It will be the end when men stop looking for new challenges.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Some day I’m going to climb Everest.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “When you’re climbing at high altitudes, life can get pretty miserable.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Nothing can replace courage, a resounding motivation and that little bit of luck.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I have been seriously afraid at times but have used my fear as a stimulating factor rather than allowing it to paralyse me. My abilities have not been outstanding, but I have had sufficient strength and determination to meet my challenges and have usually managed to succeed with them.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Good planning is important. I’ve also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you’re in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you’re depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “You climb for the hell of it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I’m sure the feeling of fear, as long as you can take advantage of it and not be rendered useless by it, can make you extend yourself beyond what you would regard as your capacity. If you’re afraid, the blood seems to flow freely through the veins, and you really do feel a sense of stimulation.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about dying, but I like to think that I’ve – if it did occur – that I would die peacefully and not make too much of a fuss about it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I’ve always hated the danger part of climbing, and it’s great to come down again because it’s safe.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Once I’ve decided to do something, I do usually try to carry it through to fruition.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “When I was 50 years old, I actually decided to draw up a list of half a dozen things that I really hadn’t done very well, and I was going to make efforts to improve. One of them was skiing, and I really did become a very much better skier.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a yeti.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying. The people just want to get to the top. They don’t give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress and it doesn’t impress me at all that they leave someone lying under a rock to die.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “It was wrong if there was a man suffering altitude problems and was huddled under a rock, just to lift your hat, say ‘good morning’ and pass on by, he said. Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I think that a good mountaineer is usually a sensible mountaineer.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Becoming a ‘Sir’ is slightly uncomfortable at first, although it is a considerable honor. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Many people have been getting too casual about climbing Everest. I forecast a disaster many times.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I really haven’t liked the commercialization of mountaineering, particularly of Mt. Everest. By paying $65,000, you can be conducted to the summit by a couple of good guides.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “My mother was a schoolteacher and very keen that I go to a city school, so although it was fairly impoverished times, I traveled every day to the Auckland Grammar School.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I think the really good mountaineer is the man with the technical ability of the professional and with the enthusiasm and freshness of approach of the amateur.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “My relationship with the mountains actually started when I was 16. Every year, a group used to be taken from Auckland Grammar down to the Tangariro National Park for a skiing holiday.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Despite all I have seen and experiences, I still get the same thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb toward it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I like to think of Everest as a great mountaineering challenge, and when you’ve got people just streaming up the mountain – well, many of them are just climbing it to get their name in the paper, really.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “My most important projects have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my dear friends in the Himalaya and helping restore their beautiful monasteries, too.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I think Himalayan climbers tend to mature fairly late. I think most of the successful Himalayan climbers have ranged from 28 to just over 40, really.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “As a youngster I was a great dreamer, reading many books of adventure and walking lonely miles with my head in the clouds.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I don’t know if I particularly want to be remembered for anything. I personally do not think I’m a great gift to the world. I’ve been very fortunate.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “I hate being called an ‘icon.’ I just don’t like it. That’s all there is to it.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I’ve been called a great adventurer.”
Edmund Hillary Quote: “With all respect, Sahib, you have little to teach us in strength and toughness. And we do not envy you your restless spirits. Perhaps we are happier than you? But we would like our children to go to school. Of all the things you have, learning is the one we most desire for our children.”
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