Remembering Sir Edmund Hillary and 19 things that he said
One of the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest, explorer and mountainer Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Standing at 6 ft 5 in (195 cm), Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay reached Everest's summit at 11:30am, 19 May 1953. They spent only about 15 minutes at the top of the world, where they dug a hole, which Norgay filled with chocolates as an offering and Hillary buried a cruxifix.
Named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Hillary is known to be a humble man who found the Humalayan Trust, and devoted most of his life to help the Sherpa people of Nepal, where they built schools and hospitals, and developed transportation system in Nepal.
Today, we honor Sir Edmund Hillary by sharing 20 inspiring quotes: