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I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. ~ Nelson Mandela

Hills are landforms that extend above the surrounding terrain, in a limited area. This page is for quotes making reference to hills.

Quotes[edit]

  • The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it.
    • Ethan Allen, in reply to the King's attorney-general, in a New York court case decided against him, prior to his armed resistance to claims of New York authority over Vermont; quoted in Curiosities of Human Nature (1844) by Samuel Griswold Goodrich, p. 145
  • There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
    • Victor Hugo, in Ninety-Three‎ (1879) Pt. 2, Bk. 3, Ch. 1
  • I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
  • On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects.
  • I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
  • An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome. There was something in the old power of architecture, which it had from the recluse more than from the citizen.
    • John Ruskin, in The Seven Lamps of Architecture‎ (1880), Ch. 3 : The Lamp of Power

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