Quotes and proverbs about mountains and hills.

Behind every mountain lies a valley.

Beneath these green mountains where spring rules the year, the irbarbutus and loquat in season appear, and feasting on lychee, 300 a day, I shouldn’t mind staying eternally here.

Su Shih, Chinese poet

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

John Muir

Distant hills look green.

Irish proverb

Even God cannot make two mountains without a valley in between.

Gaelic proverb

Faith will move mountains.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the dwarves

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

John Muir

I am Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror King under the Mountain!

The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A Warm Welcome
J.R.R. Tolkien

If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.

In a flat country a hillock thinks itself a mountain.

Kurdish proverb

It rained on the mountaintop, but it was the valley below that got flooded.

African proverb

It's always further than it looks. It's always taller than it looks. And it's always harder than it looks.

Marry a mountain girl and you marry the whole mountain.

Irish proverb

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

Edward Abbey

Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.

Anatoli Boukreev

Mountains are used to snow.

Greek proverb

My best days are spent with mountains and trees.


My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

Aldous Huxley

No matter how tall the mountain, it cannot block out the sun.

Chinese proverb

Not far away were dreary hills, rising higher and higher, dark with trees. On some of them were old castles with an evil look, as if they had been built by wicked people.

The Hobbit – Chapter 2 – Roast Mutton
J.R.R. Tolkien
Near the trolls.

Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never.

Chinese proverb

Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight.

Chinese proverb

The King beneath the mountains,
The King of carven stone,
The lord of silver fountains
Shall come into his own!

The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A Warm Welcome
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song about the King under the Mountain.

The moon rested right above the mountains, a place I call home.

Daniel Wallock

There are many paths up the mountain, but the view from the top is always the same.

Chinese proverb

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

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.

Dr. Seuss

Under the Mountain dark and tall
the King has come unto his hall!
His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,
And ever so his foes shall fall.

The Hobbit – Chapter 15 – The Gathering of the Clouds
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the dwarves.

What are young men to rocks and mountains?

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.