Anything Under the Sun
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A Tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary
Listed below are some of his Famous Quotes
* It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.
* Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
* People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things
* You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated.
Sir Edmund, while descending the 8,848-metre peak, had announced his greatest achievement to a fellow climber with the words: "We knocked the bastard off".
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said "He was an heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity".
Acting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Sir Edmund's name was "synonymous with adventure, with achievement, with dreaming and then making those dreams come true".
Tim Macartney-Snape, who has twice followed Sir Edmund's lead in scaling Everest said "His fame didn't change him at all, he just used that for his work for the people of Nepal."
New Zealand Governor-General Anand Satyanand said "Sir Edmund was an important role model, a leader who showed how to set goals and achieve them".
Hillary's conquest was barely a week old when he was honoured with a knighthood at the age of 33, one of the new Queen Elizabeth's first acts, but he reacted with typical modesty.
"I could see myself walking down Broadway, Papakura, in my tattered overalls and the seat out of my pants," the former beekeeper recalled, "and I thought 'That's gone forever. I'll have to buy a new pair of overalls now'."
Without fanfare and without compensation, Hillary spent decades pouring energy and resources from his own fundraising efforts into Nepal through the Himalayan Trust he founded in 1962, building hospitals, health clinics, airfields and schools.
The words that says it all - Hillary's loss was "a loss for all those who sought to improve our world".
Although most of us could not achieve even 1 % of what Sir Hillary has contributed to the world , let us remember him and work hard to be a better person.
We may not be able to scale the Everest and " knocked the bastard off " but we "can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated"