— Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 p. n. e.
Line 139. Horace is hereby poking fun at heroic labours producing meager results; his line is also an allusion to one of Æsop's fables, The Mountain in Labour. The title to Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing expresses a similar sentiment.
— Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 p. n. e.
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Life of Agesilaus II
— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940
Protocols to the Experiments on Hashish, Opium and Mescaline http://www.wbenjamin.org/protocol1.html (1927-1934, English translation 1997)
„Let us rejoice, O my Beloved!
Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty,
To the mountain and the hill,
Where the pure water flows:“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
Context: Let us rejoice, O my Beloved! Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty, To the mountain and the hill, Where the pure water flows: Let us enter into the heart of the thicket. ~ 36
„To-day I made the ascent of the highest mountain in this region, which is not improperly called Ventosum. My only motive was the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer.“
— Francesco Petrarca Italian scholar and poet 1304 - 1374
Context: To-day I made the ascent of the highest mountain in this region, which is not improperly called Ventosum. My only motive was the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer. I have had the expedition in mind for many years; for, as you know, I have lived in this region from infancy, having been cast here by that fate which determines the affairs of men. Consequently the mountain, which is visible from a great distance, was ever before my eyes, and I conceived the plan of some time doing what I have at last accomplished to-day. Letter to Dionigi di Borgo San Sepolcro (26 April 1336), "The Ascent of Mount Ventoux" in Familiar Letters http://petrarch.petersadlon.com/read_letters.html?s=pet17.html as translated by James Harvey Robinson (1898); the name Mount Ventosum relates to it being a windy mountain.
„The fiery lava in the hollow bosom of the earth, if it be restrained, in spite of its prison, bursts forth with greater force; then flows abroad, but, as it flows, subverts, beats down, and overthrows plains, mountains, forests, and cities.“
— Pietro Metastasio Italian poet and librettist (born 3 January 1698, died 12 April 1782) 1698 - 1782
Act III, scene 3.
„In this wild mountain region of the 'where' beyond God there is an abyss full of play and feeling for all pure spirits“
— Henry Suso Dominican friar and mystic 1295 - 1366
Context: In this wild mountain region of the 'where' beyond God there is an abyss full of play and feeling for all pure spirits.
„I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.“
— Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World (2001): 2001 Gift Edition
„Now in the mountains and fields of America, on its flatlands and in its jungles, in the wilderness or in the traffic of cities, on the banks of its great oceans or rivers, this world is beginning to tremble. Anxious hands are stretched forth, ready to die for what is theirs, to win those rights that were laughed at by one and all for 500 years.“
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
„You know not that the earth was given in marriage to the sun, and that earth it is who sends us forth to the mountain and the desert.
There is a gulf that yawns between those who love Him and those who hate Him, between those who believe and those who do not believe.
But when the years have bridged that gulf you shall know that He who lived in us is deathless, that He was the Son of God even as we are the children of God; that He was born of a virgin even as we are born of the husbandless earth.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
Mary Magdalen (Thirty years later): On the Resurrection of the Spirit
„The grave is a very small hillock, but we can see farther from it, when standing on it, than from the highest mountain in all the world.“
— Friedrich Tholuck German theologian 1799 - 1877
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 291.
„p>When o'er the green undeluged earth
Heaven's covenant thou didst shine,
How came the world's grey fathers forth
To watch thy sacred sign.And when its yellow lustre smiled
O'er mountains yet untrod,
Each mother held aloft her child
To bless the bow of God.</p“
— Thomas Campbell British writer 1777 - 1844