Posts Tagged ‘Mountain’

Quote of the day, May 10

May 9, 2017

Walker Percy, on the U.S. Civil War (from “The American War”)

“The truth is, I think, that the whole country, South included, is just beginning to see the Civil War whole and entire for the first time. The thing was too big and too bloody, too full of suffering and hatred, too closely knit into the fabric of our meaning as a people, to be held off and looked at—until now. It is like a man walking away from a mountain. The bigger it is, the farther he’s got to go before he can see it. Then one day he looks back and there it is, this colossal thing lying across his past.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 14

October 14, 2015

George Mallory, on Mt. Everest (1921)

“Gradually, very gradually, we saw the great mountain sides and glaciers and aretes, now one fragment and now another through the floating rifts, until far higher in the sky than imagination had dared to suggest the white summit of Everest appeared.”

Quote of the day April 6

April 6, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, on the mountain

“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. (more…)