„A mountain was in labour, sending forth dreadful groans, and there was in the region the highest expectation. After all, it brought forth a mouse.“

—  Fedrus, Book IV, fable 23, line 1.
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„The mountains will be in labor, and a ridiculous mouse will be brought forth.“

—  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.

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Walter Benjamin Fotografia

„I would like to metamorphose into a mouse-mountain.“

—  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)

John of the Cross Fotografia

„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

Witi Ihimaera Fotografia

„We bow only to the highest mountain.“

—  Witi Ihimaera New Zealand writer 1944
The Rope of Man, epilogue, .

Francesco Petrarca Fotografia

„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.

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„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.

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Friedrich Tholuck Fotografia

„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.

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