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“It's me. I chose this. I chose all of this — this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. I’ve been moving towards it my whole life.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Everything happens for a reason, and part of that beauty of life is that we're not allowed to know those reasons for certain.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Saying farewell is also a bold and powerful beginning.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“That boulder did what it was there to do. Boulders fall. That’s their nature. It did the only natural thing it could do. It was set up, but it was waiting for you. Without you coming along and pulling it, it would still be stuck where it had been for who knows how long. You did this, Aron. You created it. You chose to come here today; you chose to do this descent into the slot canyon by yourself. You chose not to tell anyone where you were going. You chose to turn away from the women who were there to keep you from getting in this trouble. You created this accident. You wanted it to be like this. You have been heading for this situation for a long time. Look how far you came to find this spot. It’s not that you’re getting what you deserve - you’re getting what you wanted.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“You'll never find your limits until you've gone too far.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“We are not grand because we are at the top of the food chain or because we can alter our environment - the environment will outlast us with its unfathomable forces and unyielding powers. But rather than be bound and defeated by our insignificance, we are bold because we exercise our will anyway, despite the ephemeral and delicate presence we have in this desert, on this planet, in this universe.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“How would I behave in a situation that caused me to summon the essence of my character? The tragedy inspired me to test myself. I wanted to reveal to myself who I was: the kind of person who died, or the kind of person who overcame circumstances to help himself and others”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“A crystalline moment shatters, and the world is a different place. Where there was confinement, now there is release. Recoiling from my sudden liberation, my left arm flings downcanyon, opening my shoulders to the south, and I fall back against the northern wall of the canyon, my mind is surfing on euphoria. As I stare at the wall where not twelve hours ago I etched “RIP OCT 75 ARON APR 03,” a voice shouts in my head:
I AM FREE!”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Indeed, it has affirmed my belief that our purpose as spiritual beings is to follow our bliss, seek our passions, and live our lives as inspirations to each other.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Like looking through a telescope into the Milky Way and wondering if we're alone in the universe, it made me realize with the glaring clarity of desert light how scarce and delicate life is, how insignificant we are compared with the forces of nature and the dimensions of space. (...) We are not grand because we are at the top of the food chain or because we can alter our environment - the environment will outlast us with its unfathomable forces and unyielding powers. But rather than be bound and defeated by our insignificance, we are bold because we exercise our will anyway, despite the ephemeral and delicate presence we have in this desert, on this planet, in this universe.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Mountains are the means, the man is the end. The goal is not to reach the top of the mountains, but to improve the man.”
Aron Ralston, 127 Hours Movie Tie- In: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon,for each day to have a new and different sun.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“It adds up, but I deem it all necessary, even the camera gear. I enjoy photographing the otherworldly colors and shapes presented in the convoluted depths of slot canyons and the prehistoric artwork preserved in their alcoves.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“My disbelief paralyzes me temporarily as I stare at the sight of my arm vanishing into an implausibly small gap between the fallen boulder and the canyon wall. Within moments, my nervous system’s pain response overcomes the initial shock. Good Christ, my hand. The flaring agony throws me into a panic, I grimace and growl a sharp “Fuck!” My mind commands my body, “Get your hand out of there!” I yank my arm three times in a naive attempt to pull it out.
But I’m stuck.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Mountains are the means, the man is the end. The goal is not to reach the tops of mountains, but to improve the man. —WALTER BONATTI, Italian climber”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“People say that we're searching for the meaning of life. I don't think that's it at all. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
Aron Ralston, 127 Hours Movie Tie- In: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“It was the first time the features and formative processes of the desert had made me pause and absorb just how small and brave we are, we the human race.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Desert dawn Rise up early, lift your song On the breath of life that rises from the Glowing stone Feel the rock of ages, smooth against your skin Smell the breath of flowers dancing on the wind Dancing on the Wind”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. -Horace”
Aron Ralston, 127 Hours Movie Tie- In: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“I believed in belief, for its own shining sake. To believe in the face of utter helplessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe--what other choice was there?... We are so much stronger than we imagine, and belief is one of the most valiant and long lived human characteristics. To believe, when all along we humans know that nothing can cure the briefness of life, that there is no remedy for basic mortality, that is a form of bravery. To continue believing in yourself... believing in whatever I chose to believe in, that was the most important thing.....”
Aron Ralston, 127 Hours Movie Tie- In: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“dum spiro, spero
-Part of the official state motto of South Carolina. Literally, "While I breathe, I hope" Or more loosely, "Where there is life, there is hope.”
Aron Ralston, 127 Hours Movie Tie- In: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“I did get myself into this. Somehow, in some convoluted way, it’s what I’ve been looking for in my life. How else did I come to be here? We create our lives. I don’t fully understand why, but little by little I get that somehow I’ve wanted something like this to happen. I’ve been looking for adventure, and I’ve found it.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“there are a million things we survive every day without recognizing we were ever at risk. Then we have a close call, and we become acutely aware of what that fraction of an inch or that split second means.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“The rock strata of the inner canyon changed from dark umbers and black shadows to immense bands of pastel yellow, white, green, and a hundred shades of red in the mysterious chemistry of twilight.”
Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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