— Horace, Ars Poetica
Ars Poetica, or The Epistle to the Pisones (c. 18 BC), Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Line 139. Horace is hereby poking fun at heroic labours producing meager results; his line is also an allusion to one of Æsop's fables, The Mountain in Labour. The title to Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing expresses a similar sentiment.
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Life of Agesilaus II
— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940
Protocols to the Experiments on Hashish, Opium and Mescaline http://www.wbenjamin.org/protocol1.html (1927-1934, English translation 1997)
„Tomorrow, go forth and stand before the Lord. A great and strong wind will blow over you and rend the mountains and break in pieces the rocks, but the Lord will not be in the wind. And after the wind and earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. And after the fire a gentle, cooling breeze. That is where the Lord will be.“
— Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
Report to Greco (1965), This is how the spirit comes. After the gale, the earthquake, and fire: a gentle, cooling breeze. This is how it will come in our own day as well. We are passing through the period of earthquake, the fire is approaching, and eventually (when? after how many generations?) the gentle, cool breeze will blow. "The Desert. Sinai.", Ch. 21, p. 278
„Let us rejoice, O my Beloved!
Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty,
To the mountain and the hill,
Where the pure water flows:“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
Spiritual Canticle of The Soul and The Bridegroom, Context: Let us rejoice, O my Beloved! Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty, To the mountain and the hill, Where the pure water flows: Let us enter into the heart of the thicket. ~ 36
„To-day I made the ascent of the highest mountain in this region, which is not improperly called Ventosum. My only motive was the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer.“
— Francesco Petrarca Italian scholar and poet 1304 - 1374
Context: To-day I made the ascent of the highest mountain in this region, which is not improperly called Ventosum. My only motive was the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer. I have had the expedition in mind for many years; for, as you know, I have lived in this region from infancy, having been cast here by that fate which determines the affairs of men. Consequently the mountain, which is visible from a great distance, was ever before my eyes, and I conceived the plan of some time doing what I have at last accomplished to-day. Letter to Dionigi di Borgo San Sepolcro (26 April 1336), "The Ascent of Mount Ventoux" in Familiar Letters http://petrarch.petersadlon.com/read_letters.html?s=pet17.html as translated by James Harvey Robinson (1898); the name Mount Ventosum relates to it being a windy mountain.
„The fiery lava in the hollow bosom of the earth, if it be restrained, in spite of its prison, bursts forth with greater force; then flows abroad, but, as it flows, subverts, beats down, and overthrows plains, mountains, forests, and cities.“
— Pietro Metastasio, Achille in Sciro
Achille in Sciro (1736), Del terreno nel concavo seno Vasto incendio se bolle ristretto, A dispetto del carcere indegno, Con più sdegno gran strada si fa. Fugge allora; ma, intanto che fugge, Crolla, abbatte, sovverte, distrugge Piani, monti, foreste e città. Act III, scene 3.
„In this wild mountain region of the 'where' beyond God there is an abyss full of play and feeling for all pure spirits.“
— Henry Suso Dominican friar and mystic 1295 - 1366
The Exemplar, The Life of the Servant
„Fruitlessly doth he groan, beholding the face of the Colchian maid; then over all the mountain pain contracts his limbs, and all his fetters shake beneath her sickle.“
— Gaius Valerius Flaccus, book Argonautica
Argonautica, Book VII, Gemit inritus ille Colchidos ora tuens. totos tunc contrahit artus monte dolor cunctaeque tremunt sub falce catenae. Lines 368–370
„I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.“
— Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World (2001): 2001 Gift Edition
„Now in the mountains and fields of America, on its flatlands and in its jungles, in the wilderness or in the traffic of cities, on the banks of its great oceans or rivers, this world is beginning to tremble. Anxious hands are stretched forth, ready to die for what is theirs, to win those rights that were laughed at by one and all for 500 years.“
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
Address to the United Nations (1964)
„You know not that the earth was given in marriage to the sun, and that earth it is who sends us forth to the mountain and the desert.
There is a gulf that yawns between those who love Him and those who hate Him, between those who believe and those who do not believe.
But when the years have bridged that gulf you shall know that He who lived in us is deathless, that He was the Son of God even as we are the children of God; that He was born of a virgin even as we are born of the husbandless earth.“
— Khalil Gibran, book Jesus, The Son of Man
Jesus, The Son of Man (1928), Mary Magdalen (Thirty years later): On the Resurrection of the Spirit
„The grave is a very small hillock, but we can see farther from it, when standing on it, than from the highest mountain in all the world.“
— Friedrich Tholuck German theologian 1799 - 1877
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 291.