Maybe not soapbox, but!!
"Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion...I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment...my vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn."
Anatoli Nikoliavich Boukreev
* Didster * wrote (see)
Shit happens. Me
Funny, I thought that was mine
To be is to do - Socrates
To do is to be - Sartre
Do Be Do Be Do - Sinatra
Work is the curse of the drinking classes
> Sad on so many levels
It's a joke Bedders. I know it comes naturally to you, but are you really trying harder than usual to offend people today?
I suspect that THIS would be appropriate for one or two people here but they're no doubt too stupid to see it.
Don't let the ba***rds get you down.
Life is for living.
It's better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.
Straight to the point. Laconic, in fact.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours.
And of course, there's the classic Bedder's homage to Bladerunner: "I've stood on Volcano's in Guatemala, wandered on the great Steppes of Outer Mongolia, Climbed in the Himalayas, walked on the Great Wall of China, trekked in the Darien Gap" - Bedouin
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
If at first you don't succeed skydiving is not for you.
And let's not forget: "So many hillwakers were longingly looking upon us yesterday near Tryfan"- P Doran (Climbing God)
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat" - Theodore Roosevelt
"Speak softly and carry a big stick" Theodore Roosevelt
<although it appears he was, himself, quoting...>
He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
The best view of Reading can be had from the train.........................................
departing. Oscar Wilde
If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Neitzche. (seems very apt for a mountaineering site)
Right now, I'm having amnesia and deja-vu at the same time. I'm sure I've forgotten this before.
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