“People ask, ‘What is the use of climbi

“People ask, ‘What is the use of climbing Everest?’ and my answer, ‘It is of no use. ‘There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver. If you cannot understand there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”-George Mallory, Climbing Everest

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