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Quotations about Skipping


I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I still listen to instinctual urges... I skip down the street and run against the wind. ~Leo Buscaglia, Bus 9 to Paradise: A Loving Voyage, 1986

I think skipping could be the answer to many of our adult health problems. ~Jeanne, courtesy of

I often think of the time when we were all young... how naturally we lived, how we bounded along — we seldom walked — don't you remember it? Why did we go tripping over the ground, do you suppose? Because of the lightness of our hearts. I, for one, hope never to outgrow my childhood... But we are apt to let the dry husks of responsibility make us stiff in the joints, and playing... gets to be one of the lost arts. ~Alwyn M. Thurber, Quaint Crippen, 1896

'Hilli-ho!' cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk with wonderful agility... 'Chirrup, Ebenezer!' ~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843

...skipping merrily along... in the clear and pure air his spirits rose till he was forgetful of himself and his troubles. ~Mark Guy Pearse, Simon Jasper, 1883

Just like yoga, skipping provides exercise for the body, mind, and spirit. ~Kim Corbin, founder of

It does my heart good to see you skipping along the pavement like a lamb from the pasture. ~Thomas Bailey Clegg, The Love Child, 1906

I don't know why we ever quit skipping. It was like our main mode of transportation in the third grade. And then for some reason, we all just stopped. And you know why? 'Cause society says that adults shouldn't skip. Crazy, right?... You have to try it. It's amazing! I mean, sure, you look like an idiot when you're doing it, but you don't care because you're skipping! And it really clears your head. ~The Middle, "Friends, Lies, and Videotape," 2011, written by Tim Hobert  [S2, E15, Frankie]

I watched her go hoppity skip down the street,
So merry, so joyful, on swift, dancing feet,
And saw her caught up in a welcome embrace,
While Daddy was kissing her dear little face.
~Alice L. Packard, "Father's Greeting," c.1910  [written at age 14 —tg]

I saw her steal softly out of the school unnoticed by the mistress, and watched her skip down the street, her bright hair floating in the wind and looking, oh so beautiful! as she laughed gaily... I have a clearer notion of the bliss of a seraph in heaven now, than I had then of the joyous spirit which buoyed up that young form. ~William Ellery Channing (1780–1842)

I skip for that all-over body tickle. ~John Olesen, 2008

The realization that they are old hits some people all at once... A few lucky ones never seem to notice. Like one old lady I knew when I was young. She never seemed conscious of her age till her eightieth birthday. I was coming through the garden bringing her a birthday cake, and when I got to the corner of the house I stopped behind the Lady Banksia rose to look and listen. She was skipping up and down the long front gallery singing to herself, "I'm eighty years old and I don't believe it. I'm eighty years old and I don't believe it!" ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, "The body — and something more," A View from the Hill, 1957

Why march to the beat of your own drummer when you can skip? ~Dave May, courtesy of

For age is the age of the heart; and that nonagenarian could not resist skipping round the room. ~"The Theatres: Blue-Bell in Fairyland," in Truth, London, 1901  [modified —tg]

If movement was a language, skipping would be the natural word for "bliss." ~Theresa "Heartdancer" Carey, courtesy of

...he certainly made those long legs go! Hoppity-skip he went, hoppity-skip, down the street, and around the corner... ~Good Housekeeping, 1927

Go on skates
or go by bike.
Go by foot—
run, skip, or hike!
~Go, Dog. Go! P. D. Eastman's Book of Things That Go, 1997

People ask why I skip and I give the incomparable reason of "why not?" ~Anonymous, courtesy of

Skipping is great exercise! It burns twice as many calories as walking. It has less impact on your joints than running. And it is joy-based, unlike running which generates from our fight or flight reflex. ~Kim Corbin, founder of

      The three waited in silence till the sound of wheels announced that the Warden was out of hearing: then, to my surprise, they broke into peals of uncontrollable laughter.
      "What a game, oh, what a game!" cried the Chancellor. And he and the Vice-Warden joined hands, and skipped wildly about the room. My Lady was too dignified to skip, but she laughed like the neighing of a horse, and waved her handkerchief above her head... ~Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno, 1889

I don't think it's possible to skip with a frown on your face... I'd like to see the world's governing and terrorist leaders on a skipping tour through the Middle East and across the subcontinent and China to Korea. ~Sue Irwin, courtesy of

With a light heart and a bounding step, Lucy was skipping... ~The Ladies' Repository, 1855

I like to skip because I can't help but smile when I'm skipping (either I'm too uncoordinated to frown and skip at the same time or else it's a physical impossibility)! ~Nancy, courtesy of

...the banner that waved over him was Love. He led her forth by the hand, and as her sable tresses blew back in the morning breeze, her queenly scarf streamed in an arch, like a rainbow, "backward borne," and she came down into the garden with a dancing step, skipping along in the very fulness of her love, like a young roe upon the mountains. ~Thomas Miller, The Poetical Language of Flowers, 1847

Jumping, leaping, and skipping are the natural expressions of an individual's happiness and vitality. ~Douglas P. Boyea, 1963

Ask of the child! how sweetly does it love
To skip and gambol thro' the shady grove,—
Happy in this, its freeborn gift to wear,
Its happy nature with the world to share...
~Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton, "Nature," c.1839

Learning to skip has brought control into her life. Whenever she feels at all sad she switches into this wholly happy gait, sliding, hopping, and sliding again; when doing this, it seems as though her head separates from her body, making her feel dizzy and emptied out of bad thoughts. Does anyone else in the world know this trick, she wonders. Probably not, though her mother sometimes waves at her from the window, waves and smiles. ~Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries, 1993

The rich can ride in sleighs,
And we poor things can walk,
But after all on pleasant days
We love to skip and talk.
We love to romp and play,
And feel so very glad,
If in the house we have to stay
Our hearts would soon be sad.
~Lloyd T. Pullen, "The Rich Can Ride," 1886

Too many of us have a skipping spirit but a sit-still body. ~Terri Guillemets, "Move it," 2004

"I see somebody now!" she exclaimed at last. "But he's coming very slowly — and what curious attitudes he goes into!" (For the Messenger kept skipping up and down, and wriggling like an eel, as he came along, with his great hands spread out like fans on each side.) ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1871

It was a lovely summer evening, with sunset clouds melting in the far blue sky, and Rose was soon skipping merrily along the road, finding as much amusement as she could out of her long walk. ~H. C. G., "The Lesson She Learnt," c.1881

Jogging is for those who don't have the guts to skip. ~Terri Guillemets, "Running scared," 1996

Happy little children we,
At our play, at our play;
We make sunshine in this world,
So they say, so they say.
O we love to sing, and we love to skip
All the happy live-long day...
How we love to skippity skip,
All about, all about,
Up and down the street we trip,
When we're out, when we're out..
And we love to jump, and we love to dance,
And we'll show you now the way.
~Ida Maude Titus, "Jolly Lads and Lassies," c.1913  [A little altered. This one is actually about skipping rope. —tg]

[I]nspiration abounds when I skip and I do feel like a kid again. It frees the cobwebs, stimulates the soul, and enlightens the spirit. ~Nancy, courtesy of

Skipping gives the adult a well-deserved break and lets the inner child be in charge for a while. ~Terri Guillemets

Observe us, then, an eager four
Advancing on the Western door,
Or possibly the Northern, or —
      Well, anyhow, advancing;
Aunt Alice bending from the hips,
And Bill in little runs and trips,
And John with frequent hops and skips,
      While I was fairly dancing.
~A. A. Milne, "The Two Visits: 1888, 1919"

If you are happy, go skipping. If you are sad, go skipping! ~Terri Guillemets

Daily, with her school-books in her satchel, this little cherub passed the quaint old bell tower, always skipping merrily along and warbling a plaintive air. ~A. W. Moynihan, 1887

Skipping is jumping for joy, step after step. ~Terri Guillemets

The little boy was coming home from school. He was skipping merrily along, singing to himself and swinging his bag of books at arm's length, while he kept time with his nimble little feet to a song he had been learning in his class that day. ~Mary Emma Drewson, c.1883

With all its ups and downs, skipping is just one more metaphor for life. ~Terri Guillemets

You are troubled at seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! is it nothing to be happy? Is it nothing to skip, to play, to run about all day long? Never in all his life will he be so busy as now. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau, "Concerning the Memory," Émile: or, Concerning Education, 1762, translated by Eleanor Worthington, 1886

So start to run! Oh, skid and daddle...
Skip jump hop and try to skaddle!...
~Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, 1972

Skipping is one of nature's best antidepressants. ~Terri Guillemets

If you're enjoying your melancholy, then for goodness' sake do not  go skipping! ~Terri Guillemets

Play is when we are alive all over. We play best out-of-doors. We come out of the house on a bright sunshiny morning, and see the sparkle in the air and feel the cool fresh breeze on our faces; we hear the rustle of the tree-tops and look up to see the little white clouds floating across the bright blue sky; and we feel like running and jumping and skipping and shouting out loud, just because we are so full of life. As we say, "We feel just bubbling over," for the great outdoors has got into our blood. ~Woods Hutchinson, M.D., "The Importance of Play," Building Strong Bodies, 1924

He went dancing and skipping up the garden into the house.... with surprising agility he leapt out of the chair and began once again to perform his curious skipping dance upon the floor. His short bow-legs pumped up and down like a pair of rusty old pistons, his body swayed from side to side and his arms flapped about all over the place. ~Roald Dahl, Some Time Never, 1948

It's only a matter of inches, but skipping gets us just that much closer to heaven. ~Terri Guillemets

I went skipping down-stairs as fresh as a rose. ~R. J. Burdette, "The Haunted Room," c.1887

Skipping isn't for everyone. Getting out of our comfort zones for a momentary skipping escape takes guts. It is much more difficult than many realize. Our ego likes to feel in control and is afraid of what others will think... When we can learn to simply observe our ego's fear and then choose to skip on despite it, we develop the spiritual strength necessary for inner peace. ~Kim Corbin, founder of

Skipping turns —
moping into hoping,
pity into giddy,
sad into glad,
lazy into crazy,
old into bold,
tired into wired!
~Terri Guillemets

      What lifts me and lightens?
      Enriches and brightens
The day, the mere day, the most marvellous day?
      O pleasure divine!
      An invisible wine
Pours quick through my being; broad Heaven is benign,
And the Earth full of wonders, and both of them mine,—
      What first shall I do, shall I say?
See the bareheaded frolicsome babes as they run
Go skipping from right foot to left foot in fun,—
      'Tis the pleasure of living;
      Too long I've o'erlook'd it,
      In sulk and misgiving,
      And lunatic fret;
      But it wakes in me yet,
      Though the world has rebuked it:
O city and country! O landscape and sun!
      Air cloudy or breezy,
      And stars, every one!
      Gay voices of children!
      All duties grown easy,
      All truths unbewild'ring.
Since Life, Life immortal, is clearly begun!
~William Allingham, "Two Moods," 1861

Skipping exercises our happiness muscles. ~Terri Guillemets

Out came the children running.
All the little boys and girls,
With rosy cheeks and flaxen curls,
And sparkling eyes and teeth like pearls,
Tripping and skipping, ran merrily after
The wonderful music with shouting and laughter.
~Robert Browning, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," 1842

...a hopping and skipping and hide-and-go-seek fairy... ~Chauncey Giles, The Magic Spectacles, 1868

Skipping is the walk of joy. ~Terri Guillemets

SKIPPING! The hippity hoppity gait that came naturally to us as children, but that the majority of adults haven't done since they were ten... SKIPPING! Like Dorothy and gang did arm in arm down the yellow brick road... SKIPPING! As in expressing joy by leaping happily down the street without a care in the world. ~Kim Corbin, founder of

Time sure flies when you skip an hour. ~Terri Guillemets

What a hero Tom was become now! He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger, as became a pirate... ~Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

There was a boyishness about Mr. Clemens sometimes that found different modes of expression. Once, when the long corridor of the second floor of the hotel presented a temptingly empty avenue, he hopped, skipped, and ran, and then gave a delicious suggestion of a cake-walk. As soon as a door opened, however, he stopped and assumed a supernaturally grave aspect. ~Elizabeth Wallace, Mark Twain and the Happy Island, 1913

I'm addicted to this exercise — I never skip a day! ~Terri Guillemets

I have loved skipping since I was a little girl and I have never been able to restrain myself when an open stretch of sidewalk or path beckons me. ~Marelu Marson, courtesy of

When you take flight by skipping, your baggage gets left behind — there's no room to carry on worries. ~Terri Guillemets

Still another birthday: dear,
What a four-year colt is here!
Leaping, running, skipping, prancing,
In and out on swift feet dancing,
Handling marbles, spinning tops,
Spending cents in candy-shops...
~M. E. B., "A Song for a Birthday Boy," 1800s

Skipping is just a dancing walk, or if you prefer, a walking dance. ~Terri Guillemets

Those moments before a poem comes, when the heightened awareness comes over you, and you realize a poem is buried there somewhere, you prepare yourself. I run around, you know, kind of skipping around the house, marvelous elation. It's as though I could fly, almost, and I get very tense before I've told the truth — hard. Then I sit down at the desk and get going with it. ~Anne Sexton, Writers at Work (The Paris Review), interview with Barbara Kevles, 1968

Skipping:  the ultimate display of nonconformity. ~Terri Guillemets

The feeling was elation... I skip really big and fast. And the amazing thing is, it really cracks me up! I laugh out loud because it is so much fun! And I love to hold my arms out and flap them like a bird... When I get to the bottom of the trail, I am drenched in sweat and riding high on endorphins from exercise plus laughter. ~Gail, courtesy of

Skipping is a form of flying. ~Terri Guillemets

We used to fly past shoppers in the town centre and especially in the winter, wrapped up in our duffle coats, woolen hats and scarves we used to get so warm that there would soon be coats unbuttoned, scarves trailing behind and rosy cheeks by the time we got to school. ~Karen Elkins, courtesy of

Adults aren't generally struck with the urge to skip because their worries and burdens weigh them down and they forget that they can take themselves lightly. ~Terri Guillemets

There was something rather comical about the way in which the figure was conducting itself. Every now and again it would break into a trot, then it did a kind of hop, skip, and jump, and once it seemed as though the sound of a cheerful song came rippling faintly to them from across the meadow. ~Roald Dahl, "Parson's Pleasure," 1958

Skipping turns your legs into built-in pogo sticks. ~Terri Guillemets

There's another powerful benefit of skipping which is that it adds joy and positive energy to the world. Seeing adults consumed by the joy of skipping sends a compelling message about the power of the spirit over fear. When you learn to turn off your logical mind and get lost in the spirit of skipping, it's like exercising a muscle that will help you deal with other fears. As external events become increasingly intense, that kind of inner strength will be more important than ever. ~Kim Corbin, founder of

D'ya ever go for a midnight skip
Or an after-dark skinny dip?
Exercise your inner child at night,
It's twice as fun than in daylight.
~Terri Guillemets

And what in us hath seem'd ridiculous,—
As love is full of unbefitting strains,
All wanton as a child, skipping and vain...
~William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, c.1594  [V, 2, Biron]

Skipping is inner joy meets outer joy. ~Terri Guillemets

Let none be offended or surprised at this piping and dancing. Eccentricity belongs to genius; the most ardent soul requires relaxation from severe studies; and our author has a mind both mighty and playful, skipping like the unicorn. ~Review of Mr. William Huntington's Literary and Religious Curiosity, c. 1802

Two of the many great things about skipping:
1)  It's free.
2)  It frees you.
~Terri Guillemets

Fairies, skip hence... ~William Shakespeare are the fairies skipping and dancing around to the music of the blue-bells. ~A. Frederick Collins

Skipping is the closest we may ever get to flying like the angels. ~Terri Guillemets

The skipping king, he ambled up and down
With shallow jesters and rash bavin wits...
~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, c.1597  [III, 2, Henry IV]

When I skip, I have no worries. ~Carolyn Tyler, courtesy of

If I were a doctor, skipping may just be my number one prescription. ~Terri Guillemets

[Skipping] takes me back to less complicated times, without leaving the present! ~Hope Trachtenberg-Fifer, courtesy of

Skipping chases away the blues, and happiness will come chasing after you. ~Terri Guillemets

Suddenly, he did a funny little skipping dance in the snow, and he spread his arms wide, and he smiled... ~Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964

If you've lost your enthusiasm, there's no better place to find it than on a skipping excursion. And, you may just find your lost youth as well! ~Terri Guillemets

Two little fairies skipped into a heart;
One was called Music, the other Art...
~John N. Pyke-Nott, Stapeldon, 1892  [a little altered —tg]

Be a rebel against gravity:  Skip!  ~Terri Guillemets

The Autumn Leaves they skip;
When blasts the trees are stripping;
      Bounding, whirling,
      Sweeping, twirling,
      And in wanton
      Mazes curling...
~Thomas Hood (1799–1845)

The first time she halted by my side for a moment I whispered to her to calm her gushing spirits; not to meddle with her dress; and for public opinion's sake not to step so high. I said she could get over just as much ground at a more moderate gait; and besides the noble Grand Duke her father might happen along at any moment. I might as well have talked to the wind. She only laughed that characteristic laugh of hers, that slivery laugh that I could recognize anywhere, if I was to leeward, and then bending a little, she seized up the sides of her apparel with both hands, began to jerk it in a violent and disorderly manner this way and that, threw her magnificent head back and skipped furiously away on an Irish jig step, all excitement, wild hilarity, distracted costume, frenzied motion! a spectacle to sear the eyeballs and astonish the soul of a hermit! ~Mark Twain, unconfirmed, or possibly Donn Piatt, c.1870s  [Info: — Thanks, Barbara Schmidt! —tg]

Skipping is oxygen for the soul. ~Terri Guillemets

"Hop, skip, jump," said Peter. "Hop skip jump, keep in time."
"Hop skip jump," I said, "Hop skip jump," and we danced along.
~Roald Dahl, "A Piece of Cake," The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, 1977

Sometimes I do a little mental skipping, just to shake things up in my mind. ~Terri Guillemets

...children love to skip. The freedom and joy of getting off the floor as one does in a skip adds a great deal to the pleasure... ~A.P. Way, 1923

While the rhythm of running emphasizes a downward motion, the upward motion of skipping defies gravity and elevates my mood in the process. ~Susan Reineck, courtesy of

Skipping subtracts years from your heart, adds joy to your life, multiplies your happiness, and divides your stress. It's a prime exercise, and I count it among one of my greatest blessings. ~Terri Guillemets

Why then you must. But hear thee, Gratiano;
Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice;
Parts that become thee happily enough
And in such eyes as ours appear not faults;
But where thou art not known, why, there they show
Something too liberal. Pray thee, take pain
To allay with some cold drops of modesty
Thy skipping spirit, lest through thy wild behavior
I be misconstrued in the place I go to,
And lose my hopes.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [II, 2, Bassanio]

Jump for joy,
Come skip with me.
Don't be coy,
Let's merry be!
~Terri Guillemets

The BFG changed into his famous top gear and all at once he began to fly forward as though there were springs in his legs and rockets in his toes. He went skimming over the earth like some magical hop-skip-and-jumper with his feet hardly ever touching the ground. ~Roald Dahl, The BFG, 1982

Restore your sanity — go skipping like crazy! ~Terri Guillemets

[Skipping] makes me a kid again — not just feel like a kid — a KID again. ~John-Hans Melcher, courtesy of

When most people see an adult skipping they assume it must be on the way either to or from the asylum. ~Terri Guillemets

Acknowledgment:  Many thanks to Kim Corbin of for sharing some of these wonderful quotes! Skipper Kim is an enthusiastic advocate for the body, mind, and spirit benefits of adult skipping. It breaks her heart that the majority of people in "the land of the free and the home of the brave" can't let go of worrying about what others might think of them enough to skip joyfully down the street. "Skip on!"

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