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MOUNTAINS
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I know a mount, the gracious Sun perceives
  First when he visits, last, too, when he leaves
    The world; and, vainly favored, it repays
      The day-long glory of his steadfast gaze
        By no change of its large calm front of snow.
      - Robert Browning

The hills, rock-ribbed, and ancient as the sun.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Your peaks are beautiful, ye Apennines!
  In the soft light of these serenest skies;
    From the broad highland region, black with pines,
      Fair as the hills of Paradise they rise,
        Bathed in the tint Peruvian slaves behold
          In rosy flushes on the virgin gold.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Above me are the Alps,
  The palaces of Nature, whose vast walls
    Have pinnacled in clouds their snowy scalps,
      And thron'd Eternity in icy halls
        Of cold sublimity, where forms and falls
          The avalanche--the thunderbolt of snow!
            All that expands the spirit, yet appals,
              Gather round these summits, as to show
                How Earth may pierce to Heaven, yet leave vain man below.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

He who first met the Highland's swelling blue,
  Will love each peak that shows a kindred hue:
    Hail in each crag a friend's familiar face,
      And clasp the mountain in his mind's embrace.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains;
  They crown'd him long ago
    On a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds,
      With a diadem of snow.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Manfred (act I, sc. 1, l. 62)

Whose sun-bright summit mingles with the sky.
      - Thomas Campbell

Whose sunbright summit mingles with the sky.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. I, l. 4)

'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
  And robes the mountain in its azure hue.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. I, l. 7)

Men meet; mountains, never.
      - Lewis Cass

Mountains interposed
  Make enemies of nations, who had else
    Like kindred drops been mingled into one.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 17)

A proud heart and a lofty mountain are never fruitful.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

To make a mountain of a mole-hill.
      - Sir Henry Ellis,
        Original Letters--Second Series (p. 312)

The ragged cliff has thousand faces in a thousand hours.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Over the hills, and over the main,
  To Flanders, Portugal, or Spain;
    The Queen commands, and we'll obey,
      Over the hills and far away.
      - George Farquhar, The Recruiting Officer
         (act II, sc. 2)

Over the hills and far away.
      - John Gay, The Beggar's Opera
         (act I, sc. 1)

On all the peaks lies peace.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On every mountain height
  Is rest.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ein Gleiches

No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array,
  But winter lingering chills the lap of May;
    No zephyr fondly sues the mountain's breast,
      But meteors glare, and stormy glooms invest.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Round its breast the rolling clouds are spread,
  Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 192)

Mountains never shake hands. Their roots may touch; they may keep together some way up; but at length they part company, and rise into individual, insulated peaks. So is it with great men.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

What is the voice of strange command
  Calling you still, as friend calls friend,
    With love that cannot brook delay,
      To rise and follow the ways that wend
        Over the hills and far away.
      - William Ernest Henley, Rhymes and Rhythms
         (1)

Well, we knocked the bastard off!
      - Edmund Hillary,
        on being first to climb Mt. Everest in 1953, "Nothing Venture, Nothing Win" (1975) ch. 10

Mountains have a grand, stupid, lovable tranquillity.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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