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Reinhold                           Messner

"It is through resisting death that we humans experience what it is to be human... The secret lies in the fact that I can only have the most intense experiences when I push myself to the limits of what is possible" - My Life at the Limit

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David Roberts

"Climbing together, which forces men close to each other physically and sometimes spiritually, still can't overcome the irreducible barriers of their separate selves. Nor can writing ultimately translate the experience. So in words, all that may ultimately get through is some third-hand filtration of life that was once lived. A man's best moments seem to go by before he notices them; and he spends a large part of his life reaching back for them, like a runner for a baton that will never come. In disappointment, he grows nostalgic; and nostalgia inevitably blurs the memory of the immediate thrill, which, simply because it had to be instantaneous, could not have lasted. Now that our whole expedition has passed, now that I sit in a warm room with a pencil and blank paper before me, instead of a rock and snow I feel our vanished moments forever lost."  - The Mountain Of My Fear

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George Orwell

"Think of life as it really is, think of the details of life; and then think that there is no meaning in it, no purpose, no goal except the grave. Surely only fools or self-deceivers, or those whose lives are exceptionally fortunate, can face that thought without flinching. - Review of the Tropic of Cancer 1935

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Ang Tharkay