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Quotations about Walking


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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021


If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon


A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White


A little fresh air would be good for you just now. The weather is lovely; and a little stroll in the park will bring the colour back to your cheeks. ~J. Palgrave Simpson, For Ever and Never, 1884


I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913, in Linnie Marsh Wolfe, ed., John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938


Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau


Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985, stevenwright.com


I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. ~G.M. Trevelyan


[E]ven as the railways spiderwebbed their way across Europe, people still walked to get somewhere and to get nowhere. ~Maud Casey, The Man Who Walked Away, 2014


A good long walk each day is wise, but as old age approaches, we hate the thought of exercise, and ride in cars and coaches. And it is when we're waxing old that exercise is needed; if we'd dispel the fat and mold, our trilbys must be speeded. We ought to walk to work and back, and shun the elevator, and do the chores around the shack, and hoe the beet and 'tater. Instead of riding in a car, on seats of padded leather, 'twere better if we walked afar, in every kind of weather. We ought to sweat beneath the sun, absorb the heat it launches, and then perhaps we wouldn't run to double chins and paunches. We let all rules of health go hang, and when in bad condition, we do not walk a parasang, but send for a physician. Instead of climbing sunlit hills, inhaling wholesome breezes, we take a pint of purple pills and grunt of our diseases. We dodge all forms of exercise, which course is truly batty; and when we die the doctor cries, "Degeneration fatty!" ~Walt Mason (1862–1939), "Exercise"


My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. ~Aldous Huxley


Nature says thou shalt keep the air, skate, swim, walk, ride, run. When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the sole leather has passed into the fibre of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out. He is the richest man who pays the largest debt to his shoemaker. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1851


Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens


After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value. ~George Macauley Trevelyan


No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. ~Cyril Connolly


Solvitur ambulando, St. Jerome was fond of saying. To solve a problem, walk around. ~Gregory McNamee


Thoughts come clearly while one walks. ~Thomas Mann


I do not deny the attraction of walking... [W]alking is an immeasurably fine invention, of which old age ought constantly to avail itself. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table


In all forms of active exercise there are three powers simultaneously in action, — the will, the muscles, and the intellect. Each of these predominates in different kinds of exercise. In walking, the will and muscles are so accustomed to work together and perform their task with so little expenditure of force, that the intellect is left comparatively free. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table


But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir, July 1877


Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Søren Kierkegaard


Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard


I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. ~John Burroughs


The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance," 1841


Exercise? No, no, that's too much like school. I like to be free. There are too many musts in life without adding exercise... [but] I love to walk in the country — to be out in the clean air. I walk for miles by the sea. I walk in the sun. ~Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)


Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas. ~J.K. Rowling, "The Egg and The Eye," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Mad-Eye Moody


People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that's the problem. ~Chris Adams


How can you explain that you need to know that the trees are still there, and the hills and the sky? Anyone knows they are. How can you say it is time your pulse responded to another rhythm, the rhythm of the day and the season instead of the hour and the minute? No, you cannot explain. So you walk. ~Author unknown, from New York Times editorial, "The Walk," 25 October 1967


Make your feet your friend. ~J.M. Barrie


I'm the walkingest girl around. I like to work at it — really get my heart pounding. ~Amy Yasbeck


He who limps is still walking. ~Stanislaw J. Lec


There is this to be said for walking: It's the one mode of human locomotion by which a man proceeds on his own two feet, upright, erect, as a man should be, not squatting on his rear haunches like a frog. ~Edward Abbey


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.
~W.H. Davies


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


If you turn out to walk in winter with cold feet, in an hour's time you will be in a glow all over... ~Madame Gout to Mr. Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)


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


I'm off for a tramp in the park... I think when I am eighty I'll be glad I went for a walk in the park to-night. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915


An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~Henry David Thoreau


My Feet they haul me Round the House,
      They Hoist me up the Stairs;
I only have to Steer them, and
      They Ride me Everywhere!
~Gelett Burgess


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


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


One of the pleasantest things in the world is going on a journey... Give me the clear blue sky over my head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three hours' march to dinner — and then to thinking!... ~William Hazlitt (1778–1830), "On Going a Journey"


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


A morning walk sets us out on the right foot for the day. ~Terri Guillemets


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


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


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. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


The Americans never walk. In winter too cold and in summer too hot. ~J.B. Yeats


An evening walk gives the body and mind a chance to forgive the trials and tribulations of the day, to shed the rubbish and mental clutter before retiring for the night. ~Terri Guillemets


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


Walking gets the body moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life. ~Terri Guillemets


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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