The rates of taxation climb and the levels of capital decline, until the only remaining wealth beyond the reach of the regime is the very protein of human flesh, and that too is finally taxed, bound, and gagged, and brought to the colossal temple of the state - a final sacrifice of carnal revenue to feed the declining elite.
O sweet, delusive Noon, Which the morning climbs to find, O moment sped too soon, And morning left behind.
When you've got a mountain to climb you may as well throw everything into the kitchen sink.
This mountain is so formed that it is always wearisome when one begins the ascent, but becomes easier the higher one climbs.
You have to climb to reach a deep thought.
In the crowd of a million people I'll find my valentine, and then I'll climb the highest steeple and tell the world he's mine.
Follow in the footsteps of your fathers' virtue! How could you hope to climb high unless your fathers' will climbs with you?
You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.
A man climbs a mountain because it is there. An artist makes a work of art because it is not there.
I realised I'd never climb Everest but thought I could still write a book
So we forgive each other?" The crooked smile climbs up one more time. "Again?" And I look right into his eyes, right into him as far as I can see, because I want him to hear me, I want him to hear me with everything I mean and feel and say. "Always," I say to him. "Every time.
Unlike landed white men, she didn't need to climb mountains to experience mystic panic. All she needed was to set her alarm dock for the next morning, wake when it rang, and go to class.