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Heav'd on Olympus tottering Ossa stood;
On Ossa, Pelion nods with all his wood.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
(bk. XI, l. 387), (Pope's translation)
What will this boaster produce worthy of this mouthing? The mountains are in labor; a ridiculous mouse will be born.
[Lat., Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu?
Parturiunt montes; nascetur ridiculus mus.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
Ars Poetica (138)
To pile Pelion upon Olympus.
[Lat., Pelion imposuisse Olympo.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
(bk. III, 4, 52)
Whoever has not ascended mountains knows little of the beauties of Nature.
- William Howitt
Daily with souls that cringe and plot,
We Sinais climb and know it not.
- James Russell Lowell,
The Vision of Sir Launfal
(prelude to pt. I)
Because it's there.
- George Leigh Mallory,
on being asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, in "New York Times", Mar. 18, 1923
Doubly happy, however, is the man whom lofty mountain tops are within reach, for the lights that shine there illumine all that lies below.
- John Muir
Going to the mountains is going home.
- John Muir
Over the hills and o'er the main,
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
Queen Anne commands and we'll obey,
Over the hills and far away.
- Old Song, The Merry Companion
(song 173, p. 149)
Then the Omnipotent Father with his thunder made Olympus tremble, and from Ossa hurled Pelion.
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
(pt. II, l. 32)
I would have you call to mind the strength of the ancient giants, that undertook to lay the high mountain Pelion on the top of Ossa, and set among those the shady Olympus.
- Francois Rabelais, Works
(bk. IV, ch. XXXVIII)
Without mountains the air could not be purified, nor the flowing of the rivers sustained.
- John Ruskin
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
- John Ruskin,
True and Beautiful--Nature--Mountains
That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it;
For who digs hills because they do aspire
Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.
- William Shakespeare,
Pericles Prince of Tyre
(Dionyza at I, iv)
See the mountains kiss high heavens, and the waves clasp one another.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
The mountain was in labour, and Jove was afraid, but it brought forth a mouse.
And o'er the hills and far away,
Beyond their utmost purple rim,
Beyond the night, across the day,
Thro' all the world she followed him.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
Daydream--The Departure (IV)
To pile Ossa upon Pelion.
[Lat., Imponere Pelio Ossam.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
Georgics (I, 281)
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