“I am quite sure of one thing: if you think some action seems scarcely worth the labor, the discomfort, and yet you’d rather like to do it, that is the thing to gird your loins and do. There is nothing so weakening as ambition frustrated by doubt, nothing so encouraging as something put through, which is the chief retort the foolish mountaineer can make. There is scarcely anything sillier than marching up a mountain and then marching down again; there is scarcely anything more satisfying if you’ve wanted to do it. And as life is a succession of flippant nothings for most, anyway, even a physical mountain-peak now and then need not seem too trivial to try. If there are sermons in stones, there is a good year’s preaching in one mountain.”
--- The Catskills, T. Morris Longstreth.