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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 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

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

I think that a good mountaineer is usually a sensible mountaineer.

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 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Nothing can replace courage, a resounding motivation and that little bit of luck.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.

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 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

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 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 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

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I still had the same affection for New Zealand as I've always had. Didn't change at all.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I was certainly seriously emotionally affected [ when Louise Hillary and Belinda Hillary died], but we were building the hospital at the time and I decided that the only thing to do was to carry on and complete the hospital - and it was a jolly good hospital too, I might say. So I really did it by working and working on the things that Louise and I had been working on.

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

Everest you won't change, but I will get better...I will conquer you.

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 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 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

George Lowe was the one who opened the mail, and George started laughing uproariously and I looked up at him in astonishment and said, "What's so funny?" And he said, "You've been given a title", and I said, "Ha, ha, big joke." I didn't believe him but, sure enough, in this letter it indicated that the Queen had given me a title.

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 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a yeti.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Despite all I have seen and experiences, I still get the same thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb toward it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Good planning is important. I've also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you're in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you're depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I have a number of heroes I still have warm feelings about. [Derek] Shackleton, for instance, was definitely, and still is, one of my great heroes.

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

You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things---to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.

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 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

I hate being called an 'icon.' I just don't like it. That's all there is to it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

We shared a philosophy together [with June Hillary]. We believed very strongly in the welfare of helping other people, particularly the Third World people.

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 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Strong motivation is the most important factor in getting you to the top

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

Many people have been getting too casual about climbing Everest. I forecast a disaster many times.

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

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 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

I've often thought about that and the only suitable member to join me on that climb [to Everest] was George Lowe: he was strong, a good man on a mountain, with a great sense of humour, and I liked that. I think George and I could've done that together ... I've probably never told George that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

June [Hillary] is a very strong influence in my life and particularly now in my ancient years there is no doubt at all: if there's a decision to be made, quite often June is the one who makes it.

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

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 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.

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 15 Sep

Edmund Hillary

When you're climbing at high altitudes, life can get pretty miserable.

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

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I'll beat you the next time because you've grown all you are going to grow... but I'm still growing!

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'm definitely a Queen supporter. She was great.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edmund Hillary

My most important projects have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my dear friends in the Himalaya and helping restore their beautiful monasteries, too.