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By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I would like to be remembered for the schools and hospitals and bridges and all the other activities that we did with the Sherpas. Unquestionably, they are the things I feel that were the most worthwhile of everything I was involved in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I found fear stimulating. Particularly after you've done something that you'd been frightened of at the time, but you carried through and did the job.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Environmental problems are really social problems anyway. They begin with people as the cause and end with people as the victims

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I had never experienced anything like it before and I don't think I have experienced anything like it since [on Ruapehu]. It was my dreams coming true in a way, and from there on I tended to become more of a doer than a dreamer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

If I'm selecting a group, the first thing I look for is a record of achievement . . . If (candidates achieve) in small things, there's a very good chance they'll perform well in big things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I like to think of Everest as a great mountaineering challenge, and when you've got people just streaming up the mountain - well, many of them are just climbing it to get their name in the paper, really.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I was a dreamer when I was at high school and even primary school. I used to dream about doing adventurous things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Once I've decided to do something, I do usually try to carry it through to fruition.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I have no desire to live anywhere else but New Zealand. I've had the good fortune to travel widely around the world, but New Zealand is home - and I like to be here. I'm proud to be a New Zealander.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

[Derek] Shackleton was a man who - it's probably arrogant to say it - but he was a little bit like me. He undertook incredible dangers and carried on over the sea and over the ice and all the rest of it. He was a remarkable man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I think Himalayan climbers tend to mature fairly late. I think most of the successful Himalayan climbers have ranged from 28 to just over 40, really.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I think my strengths perhaps are that I'm determined. I may not be the best climber in the world, but I do like to sort of succeed and so that tends to drive me on, as it were, and I don't give up too easily.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Becoming a 'Sir' is slightly uncomfortable at first, although it is a considerable honor. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I have been seriously afraid at times but have used my fear as a stimulating factor rather than allowing it to paralyse me. My abilities have not been outstanding, but I have had sufficient strength and determination to meet my challenges and have usually managed to succeed with them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying. The people just want to get to the top. They don't give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress and it doesn't impress me at all that they leave someone lying under a rock to die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I was not a beater of children and as a consequence I've always been, I think, very agreeable and co-operative.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I did have my moments of despair. It was certainly not - it's not an experience I would like to have again. And then June came along.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

We had so much in common [with June Hillary] that we just carried on with life as we had been doing. It wasn't easy, but it was - I realise now that it was the only thing to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I'm definitely a Queen supporter. She was great.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Challenge is what makes men. It will be the end when men stop looking for new challenges.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I always, I would say, make sure that in my presentation I'll have what I want to do. I try and make it so interesting to my companions that they want to go, too. I don't have to twist any arms or make - you know - any great challenges available.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Motivation is the single most important factor in any sort of success.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

June [Hillary] had been doing all these things - the Himalayas and all the rest of it - so we had done things together for a long time, and, particularly as far as our Sherpas were concerned, we had a very sound, I think, philosophy. So that made it very easy for us to agree on what should be done.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Some day I'm going to climb Everest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I'm sure the feeling of fear, as long as you can take advantage of it and not be rendered useless by it, can make you extend yourself beyond what you would regard as your capacity. If you're afraid, the blood seems to flow freely through the veins, and you really do feel a sense of stimulation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

My relationship with the mountains actually started when I was 16. Every year, a group used to be taken from Auckland Grammar down to the Tangariro National Park for a skiing holiday.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I think the really good mountaineer is the man with the technical ability of the professional and with the enthusiasm and freshness of approach of the amateur.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

My grandmother I admired even more [than mother]. She was an Irish lady and a very kind-hearted person. She had a lot of talent, she painted extremely well. She was quite a strong factor in my life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I have the challenges sort of already there and as a consequence my companions feel a considerable desire to do this, too, and they feel very put out if they are left in the cold, so there we have it. We have me who has lots of ideas and then we have a very good team who wish - who are persuaded almost - to take part in these challenges.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I've been called a great adventurer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I still think have this deep desire for our Himalayan Trust - that we raise the necessary funds, that we do all the things that the Sherpas want us to do, and I would like to see us working together with them on these projects. Even though I'm old and decrepit I still have this strong feeling that I would like to carry these things out if it were still possible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

There are lots and lots of challenges that I wished - at the time - that I had done.There are lots of occasions where there were exciting things to be done but for some reason or another it was physically impossible for us to do them. I still wouldn't mind if I was able to go down into this most impressive valley in the Antarctic, but of course those things are beyond me now.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I will come again & conquer you because as a mountain you can't grow, but as a human, I can

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Boredom has always been a problem.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I never talk about being leaders and all the rest of it. I can only remember one or two occasions in my life when I actually issued orders, and I felt thoroughly miserable after doing it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I started to become more active and when I was at Auckland Grammar I went for the first time to the mountains. I went to Ruapehu and for the first time I saw snow. I had never seen snow before and for 10 days the group of us had a marvellous time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

In those days we were punished very frequently and I felt that it was often unjust, and so I would resist the desire to agree with many, many things. So I used to get beaten quite frequently and I more or less accepted it as part of life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

The Sherpas play a very important role in most mountaineering expeditions, and in fact many of them lead along the ridges and up to the summit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I have to admit I do get a bit depressed at times and you know I think about the good old days when I was charging ahead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I'm a very, very modest person and with limited abilities. I do have the wish to succeed in anything I undertake, and that does help out, but, in general, there are so many other people who are skilled in their field that I feel very ordinary.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn't the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

My mother was a schoolteacher and very keen that I go to a city school, so although it was fairly impoverished times, I traveled every day to the Auckland Grammar School.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

As a youngster I was a great dreamer, reading many books of adventure and walking lonely miles with my head in the clouds.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I always refused to give in if there was some argument with my father. Whether it was true or not, I refused to admit it and so often I would - well, tell lies, perhaps. I would either do that or change the story. Particularly if I felt that my father was being unjust, then I was very strongly motivated to not accept his ruling.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

When I was 50 years old, I actually decided to draw up a list of half a dozen things that I really hadn't done very well, and I was going to make efforts to improve. One of them was skiing, and I really did become a very much better skier.