Wednesday, April 27, 2016

27: Roger Zelazny Quote of the Day: Each mountain is a deity, you know.

"There is a certain madness involved," I said, "a certain envy of great and powerful natural forces, that some men have.  Each mountain is a deity, you know.  Each is an immortal power.  If you make sacrifices upon its slopes, a mountain may grant you a certain grace, and for a time you will share this power.  Perhaps that is why they call me...."

The Context: Jack Summers, one of the greatest mountain climbers in the universe, gives an explanation beyond "Because it's there."

Why I like it: I don't have any particular interest in mountain climbing, but Zelazny manages to convey the majesty they contain in This Mortal Mountain

1 comment:

  1. If you ever make it out to Washington State, I'm totally taking you out to hike up Mount Baker.