Today would be Sir Edmund Hillary’s 102nd birthday. On this, his 102nd birthday, we’ve put together 11 of our favorite bits of wisdom from Sir Edmund, everyone’s favorite New Zealander who is most often mistakenly assumed to be British. (Said at the unveiling of a Tenzing Norgay statue in 1997). (Said to George Lowe as Hillary and Norgay were descending Everest after their successful climb). ***Some of our favorite books on Hillary are below.