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Walking quotes for walkers


I know the value of repetitive long distance walking, and enjoy reading wise walking quotes. There was a time when I regularly submitted walking quotes to the Long Distance Walkers Association’s journal Strider.

  • 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
  • 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. ~Soren Kierkegaard
  • After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value. ~George Macauley Trevelyan
  • After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile. ~English Proverb
  • All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  • All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole. ~Hal Borland
  • An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~Henry David Thoreau
  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir
  • Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance. ~Author Unknown
  • Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. ~Steven Wright
  • Good walking leaves no track behind it. ~Lao Tsu
  • Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake! ~W.J. Holland
  • He who limps is still walking. ~Stanislaw J. Lec
  • 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, New York Times editorial, “The Walk,” 25 October 1967
  • I dream of hiking into my old age. ~Marlyn Doan
  • I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. ~G.M. Trevelyan
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes my rage, forgetting everything. ~Pablo Neruda
  • 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
  • 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
  • If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish. ~Charles Dickens
  • If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon
  • If you pick ‘em up, O Lord, I’ll put ‘em down. ~Author Unknown, “Prayer of the Tired Walker”
  • In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
  • In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven. ~Matthew Henry
  • Make your feet your friend. ~J.M. Barrie
  • Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau
  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.  ~Aldous Huxley
  • Nothing like a night-time 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
  • Of all exercises walking is the best. ~Thomas Jefferson
  • One step at a time is good walking. ~Chinese Proverb
  • People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that’s the problem. ~Chris Adams
  • Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens
  • Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. ~Henry David Thoreau
  • Solvitur ambulando, St Jerome was fond of saying. To solve a problem, walk around.  ~Gregory McNamee
  • The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. ~Jacqueline Schiff
  • The body’s habituation to walking as normal stems from the good old days.  It was the bourgeois form of locomotion: physical demythologisation, 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
  • The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 1841
  • The longest journey begins with a single step. ~Lao Tsu
  • The more zigzag the way, the deeper the scenery. The winding path approaches the secluded and peaceful place. ~Huang Binhong
  • The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand. ~Frederick L. Knowles
  • The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose. ~Charles Dickens
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thoughts come clearly while one walks. ~Thomas Mann
  • To find new things, take the path you took yesterday. ~John Burroughs
  • Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life. ~Carrie Latet
  • Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists. ~Pepper Giardino
  • Walking is man’s best medicine. ~ Hippocrates
  • 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”
  • Walking would teach people the quality that youngsters find so hard to learn– patience. ~Edward Payson Weston
  • Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. ~Carrie Latet
  • Walks.  The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard
  • We live in a fast-paced society.  Walking slows us down. ~Robert Sweetgall
  • When one walks, one is brought into touch first of all with the essential relations between one’s physical powers and the character of the country; one is compelled to see it as its natives do. Then every man one meets is an individual. ~Aleister Crowley
  • When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe 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. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You need special shoes for hiking – and a bit of a special soul as well. ~Terri Guillemets
  • Your body is built for walking. ~Gary Yanker

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