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The best things in a man's life are often his hobbies, and if he will not take his hobbies seriously life will lose half its charm. And mountaineering is something more than a hobby... And so I make no apology for this attempt to trace the history of our noble sport.
--Arnold Lunn, History of Skiing

It does not matter how long it takes to write a book. What matters is how good it is.
--Otto Lang, A Bird of Passage

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
--Pablo Picasso

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
--Sydney J. Harris

Above all, try something.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however.
--Richard Bach, Illusions

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

I keep six honest serving men.
They taught me all I knew.
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
--Rudyard Kipling

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
--Bishop W. C. Magee

So what use does history serve? Ultimately, just one: It helps us to be more human. Subtract all analytic or pragmatic applications, and you are left with the story -- the essential narrative defining our place in time and in the stream of our culture.
--Walt Crowley

You're starting none too soon to catch some of us while we're still around. We don't buy green bananas, you know!
--John B. Woodward
Northwest ski pioneer

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