People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
Though widely attributed to Hillary on the internet, this appears to have originated as a quote about him in a Rolex advertisement.
Reaching the summit of a mountain gives great satisfaction, but nothing for me has been more rewarding in life than the result of our climb on Everest, when we have devoted ourselves to the welfare of our Sherpa friends.Edmund Hillary
Well, we knocked the bastard off!Edmund Hillary
Better if he had said something natural like, "Jesus, here we are."Edmund Hillary
While standing on top of Everest, I looked across the valley, towards the other 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 for me, by any means. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.Edmund Hillary
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.Edmund Hillary
You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you've got, is a very pleasant bonus.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.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.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.Edmund Hillary
Some day I’m going to climb Everest.Edmund Hillary
Geography was not furthered by the achievement, scientific progress was scarcely hastened, and nothing new was discovered. Yet the names of Hillary and Tenzing went instantly into all languages as the names of heroes, partly because they really were men of heroic mold but chiefly because they represented so compellingly the spirit of their time.Edmund Hillary
When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.Edmund Hillary
I am hell-bent for the South Pole — God willing and crevasses permitting.Edmund Hillary