The mountains were there and so was I.
1952 His reason for becoming a mountain climber. Quoted in Annapurna: Conquest of the First 8000-metre Peak (1952, translated by Nea Morin and Janet Adam Smith).
Annapurna, towhichwehadgone empty-handed, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our lives. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins. There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.Maurice Herzog