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Quotations about Walking
If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon
Walking isn't a lost art — one must, by some means, get to the garage. ~Evan Esar
Now shall I walk
or shall I ride?
"Ride," Pleasure said:
"Walk," Joy replied.
I like to walk, touch living Mother Earth—bare feet best, and thrill every step. Used to envy happy reptiles that had advantage of so much body in contact with earth, bosom to bosom. [We] live with our heels as well as head and most of our pleasure comes in that way. ~John Muir, quoted in To Yosemite and Beyond: Writings from the Years 1863–1875 edited by Robert Engberg and Donald Wesling #grounding
Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Your body is built for walking. ~Gary Yanker
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I haven't got any special religion this morning. My God is the God of Walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don't need any other god. ~Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia, 1977
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. ~Jacqueline Schiff
We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down. ~Robert Sweetgall
The body's habituation to walking as normal stems from the good old days. It was the bourgeois form of locomotion: physical demythologization, free of the spell of hieratic pacing, roofless wandering, breathless flight. Human dignity insisted on the right to walk, a rhythm not extorted from the body by command or terror. The walk, the stroll, were private ways of passing time, the heritage of the feudal promenade in the nineteenth century. ~Theodor W. Adorno
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~Henry David Thoreau
A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk. ~O.A. Battista
If you pick 'em up, O Lord, I'll put 'em down. ~Author Unknown, "Prayer of the Tired Walker"
We ought to take outdoor walks, to refresh and raise our spirits by deep breathing in the open air. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, "On Tranquillity of Mind"
I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.... ~Robert Frost
There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. ~Paul Scott Mowrer, The House of Europe
I represent what is left of a vanishing race, and that is the pedestrian.... That I am still able to be here, I owe to a keen eye and a nimble pair of legs. But I know they'll get me someday. ~Will Rogers
After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile. ~English Proverb
If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish. ~Charles Dickens
Walking takes longer... than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. ~Edward Abbey, "Walking"
As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit — and parking as close to the stadium as possible. ~Bill Vaughan
It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something. ~Charles Dickens
Walking is also an ambulation of mind. ~Gretel Ehrlich
Hiking—the art or science of going for a walk rather more ostentatiously than our forefathers thought necessary. A moment's reflection will show that one can hike just as thoroughly on a flat roof as in the Kalahari Desert, and at a far more reasonable cost. The roof-hiker, moreover, has this added consolation—that when overcome by general lassitude, corns on the soles of his feet, or a sense of the sheer futility of Life, he is spared that irksome journey home which has been so aptly described as the end of an imperfect day. All he has to do is to open the nearest trapdoor and pop downstairs, shouting for his slippers. ~W. Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne, How to Live in a Flat, 1936
Walking is good for solving problems — it's like the feet are little psychiatrists. ~Terri Guillemets
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-three today and we don't know where the hell she is. ~Ellen DeGeneres
I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes
my rage, forgetting everything.
~Pablo Neruda, translated
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. ~Henry David Thoreau
What really helps motivate me to walk are my dogs, who are my best pals. They keep you honest about walking because when it's time to go, you can't disappoint those little faces. ~Wendie Malick
If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes. ~The Houghton Line, November 1965
If you are walking to seek, ye shall find. ~Sommeil Liberosensa
Walking, when it can be borne for an hour or two without fatigue, is, of all exercises, the best. It is that which nature intends for us. There is no other accompanied with such a uniform and regular action of the muscles and joints; and from the valvular structure of the veins of the extremities, it is better fitted than any other to promote the circulation, and consequently all the functions of the system. It is also the most agreeable mode of exercise. Our desire for it, when it has been long withheld, becomes excessive. ~A.P. Wilson Philip, M.D. (1770–1847), "Of Exercise and Change of Air in Indigestion" [This wording is from an 1824 edition. Philip began publishing the volumes that contained this excerpt in approximately 1799, but the wording was much drier and quite brief. Somewhere in between those years he "rendered it more useful to the practitioner." Thank goodness! Here's a tidbit about this physician: He was born Alexander Philips Wilson but changed his name to Alexander Philips Wilson Philip about age 40, and so his published writings are under two different names and surnames.
The Americans never walk. In winter too cold and in summer too hot. ~J.B. Yeats
I, who cannot stay in my chamber for a single day without acquiring some rust, and when sometimes I have stolen forth for a walk at the eleventh hour of four o'clock in the afternoon, too late to redeem the day, when the shades of night were already beginning to be mingled with the daylight, have felt as if I had committed some sin to be atoned for. ~Henry David Thoreau
The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk. ~Mark Twain
Hiking is just walking where it's okay to pee. ~Demetri Martin
[Hiking] is the best workout!... You can hike for three hours and not even realize you're working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself. ~Jamie Luner
Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~Author Unknown
The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand. ~Frederick L. Knowles
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