连续看了两遍Jennifer Peedom导演和Renan Ozturk及其他摄影师摄制的记录片电影《Mountain》。第二遍是同大女儿一起看的，一开始她可能仅仅是出于礼貌陪伴父亲，甚至看到有人单独挂在悬崖上时还说是他们是否有点mad。但逐渐地，我们均被深深吸引，因为，整个影片系列不间断地呈现了七大洲的各大山脉：俯视、仰望、侧观令人窒息的山脉和白雪皑皑的顶峰，令人敬畏而谦卑。其他镜头包括登山者、滑雪者和极地自行车手，他们正在承担着超乎想象的挑战和风险。
1 What are men to rocks and mountains?
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
2 Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
― William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire
3 Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.
― John Muir, Our National Parks
4 Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
― John Muir, The Mountains of California
5 And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.
― Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
6 Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.
― Robert MacFarlane, Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit
7 People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.
― George Mallory, Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory
8 Although I deeply love oceans, deserts and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more.
― Victoria Erickson
9 The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble — to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consumer nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself.
― Philip Connors, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009
10 After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
― Nelson Mandela
11 Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
― Ed Viesturs