The rope connecting two men on a mountain is more than nylon protection; it is an organic thing that transmits subtle messages of intent and disposition from man to man; it is an extension of the tactile senses, a psychological bond, a wire along which currents of communication flow.

Well, of
course one must have concentration. Courage. Self-control. That goes
without saying. But more important than these, one must have… I
don’t know how to say it. One must be both a mathematician and a
poet. As though poetry were a science; or mathematics an art. One
must have an affection for proportion to play Go at all well.Ah… what Go is to philosophers
and warriors, chess is to accountants and merchants.