Sunday, February 12, 2012

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you're no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn't just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow. But of course, without the top you can't have any sides. It's the top that defines the sides.”


james said...

it's still one of the great reads. thanks for the memory.

Maggie said...

I think it is one of the great reads.

I love the descriptions of the landscape in the early chapters, but I also enjoy the postulations, the inquiries, the evaluation of quality.

Glad you enjoyed! Hope you are having a good evening!

I am watching the Westminster dog thing (sorta). Molly's group won't be on until tomorrow night.

She is such a loving dog, and her breed is so beautiful, but not many people want Irish Setters. They are impish and fun and high energy and sometimes a pain in the ass!