“I’d say my best memory was climbing Mt. Fuji, and the worst memory was… trying to fit my feet into the free giveaway slippers at Japanese schools.”

 

Bruce Feiler

“I love Scotland – I was made an honorary Wallace after my work on ‘Braveheart,’ you know. If I have two or three days off, I love nothing more than driving up there and climbing around Glencoe.”

 

Brian Blessed

“I wouldn’t last 30 minutes climbing solo.”

 

Bradford Washburn

“Life is easy when you’re hot. But what happens when the ball bounces the other way? You just keep getting back up and climbing up.”

 

Bill Walton

“If one door closes and another does not open, try climbing thru a window, either way, make your way in.”

 

Behdad Sami

“I loved climbing because of the freedom, and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time, thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it.”

 

Bear Grylls

“The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself.”

 

Bear Grylls

“All my life the only thing I’ve been good at has been climbing and throwing myself off big things.”

 

Bear Grylls

“There’s no magic to running far or climbing Everest. Endurance is mental strength. It’s all about heart.”

 

Bear Grylls

“If you want someone to be ignored then build a life-size bronze statue of them and stick it in the middle of town. It doesn’t matter how great you were, it’ll always take an unfunny drunk with climbing skills to make people notice you.”

 

Banksy

Finally, there is more genuine joy in climbing the hill of success, even though sweat may be spent and toes may be stubbed, than in aimlessly sliding down the path to failure. If a straight, honorable path has been chosen, the gaining of the summit yields lasting satisfaction. The morass of failure, if through laziness, indifference or other avoidable fault, yields nothing but ignominy and sorrow for self and family and friends.

B. C. Forbes