The Ways of Walking
Strolling, Sauntering, Meandering, Hiking, Wandering, Walks, Hikes, Trekking, Tramping
Quotations 6

Quotations, Poems, Quips, Wisdom, Sayings


Research by Michael P. Garofalo

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"Happiness walks on busy feet."
-  Kitte Turmell

 

"The most soulful places are almost always reached only on foot."
The Solitary Walker

 

"Details of the many walks I made along the crest have blurred, now, into a pleasing tapestry of grass and space and sunlight." 
-  Colin Fletcher

 

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."
-  Martin Buber

 

"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home, in towns and cities." 
-  G. W. Sears

 

"The essential thing is to etch movements in the sky, movements so still they leave no trace. The essential thing is simplicity. That is why the long path to perfection is horizontal."
Philippe Petit
 

 

"One step at a time is good walking." 
-   Chinese proverb

 

"The Peripatetic school was a school of philosophy in Ancient Greece.  Its teachings derived from its founder, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and Peripatetic is a name given to his followers. The school originally derived its name Peripatos from the peripatoi (περίπατοι "colonnades") of the Lyceum in Athens where the members met. A similar Greek word peripatetikos (Greek: περιπατητικός) refers to the act of walking, and as an adjective, "peripatetic" is often used to mean itinerant, wandering, meandering, or walking about. After Aristotle's death, a legend arose that he was a "peripatetic" lecturer – that he walked about as he taught – and the designation Peripatetikos came to replace the original Peripatos.  The school dates from around 335 BC when Aristotle began teaching in the Lyceum. It was an informal institution whose members conducted philosophical and scientific inquiries. Aristotle's successors Theophrastus and Strato continued the tradition of exploring philosophical and scientific theories, but after the middle of the 3rd century BC, the school fell into a decline, and it was not until the Roman era that there was a revival.  The term "Peripatetic" is a transliteration of the ancient Greek word περιπατητικός peripatêtikos, which means "of walking" or "given to walking about".[1] The Peripatetic school was actually known simply as the Peripatos.[2] Aristotle's school came to be so named because of the peripatoi ("colonnades" or "covered walkways") of the Lyceum where the members met.[3] The legend that the name came from Aristotle's alleged habit of walking while lecturing may have started with Hermippus of Smyrna.[4] Unlike Plato, Aristotle was not a citizen of Athens and so could not own property; he and his colleagues therefore used the grounds of the Lyceum as a gathering place, just as it had been used by earlier philosophers such as Socrates.[5] Aristotle and his colleagues first began to use the Lyceum in this way in about 335 BC., after Aristotle left Plato's Academy and Athens and then returned to Athens from his travels about a dozen years later.   Because of the school's association with the gymnasium, the school also came to be referred to simply as the Lyceum.  Some modern scholars argue that the school did not become formally institutionalized until Theophrastus took it over, at which time there was private property associated with the school."
The Peripatetic School - Wikipedia

 

"I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does."  
-   Jorge Luis Borges

 

"Happily the spell is taken off for me
Happily I walk, impervious to pain I walk,
Light within I walk, joyous I walk
... In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty after me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty above and about me I walk
It is finished in beauty
It is finished in beauty."
The Night Chant, Navajo Native American Chant 

 

"Soft footsteps forcing a forward flow
at a pleasant pace, steady, unhurried
through the dispersing darkness at daybreak
my mind moves
cottonwood leaves rattle in the dry wind
roosters crow for Auora to rise
a jackrabbit sprints away to hide
a suspicious dog barks his pride
a red truck on 99 rumbles roaring by
my mind moves
an aching knee slows my pace
my hickory cane taps my pace
Green Tara shows Her Face
my mind moves
I daydream about the beautiful Goddess
revisiting myths about the pilgrim's path
chatting with the invisible society of minds
pondering the bright void.
In a state of Grace,
very grateful."
-  Michael P. Garofalo, Quiet Steps to Gratitude

 

"The walking of passers-by offers a series of turns and detours that can be compared to "turns of phrase" or "stylistic figures."  There is a rhetoric of walking.  The art of "turning" phrases finds an equivalent in an art of composing a path."
-  Michael de Certeau, Walking in the City

 

"I will look at the footprints
going in and out of the water
and dream up a small blue good to talk to."
-  Gerald Stern, Here I am Walking

 

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"I was walking an average of about two and a half miles a day, which is still more than most Americans. Most Americans don't even walk that."
-  Morgan Spurlock

 

“If a walker is indeed an individualist there is nowhere he can't go at dawn and not many places he can't go at noon. But just as it demeans life to live alongside a great river you can no longer swim in or drink from, to be crowded into safer areas and hours takes much of the gloss off walking -- one sport you shouldn't have to reserve a time and a court for.” 
-  Edward Hoagland

 

"If you want to know if your brain is flabby, feel your legs." 
-   Bruce Barton 

 

"For you, as well as I, can open fence doors and walk across America in your own special way.  Then we can all discover who our neighbors are." 
-   Robert Sweetgall, Fitness Walking

 

"If you look for the truth outside yourself,
It gets farther and farther away.
Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step.
It is the same as me, yet I am not it.
Only if you understand it in this way
Will you merge with the way things are."
-   Tung-Shan 

 

“Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.” 
-  William Somerset Maugham

 

"We must walk before we run." 
-  George Borrow, Lavengro

 

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." 
-  Charles Dickens 

 

"Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life."
-  Carrie Latet 

 

"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

 

"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." 
-  Albert Camus

 

"It’s all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure–they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come." 
-  Edward Abbey  

 

Trek, Trekking: To draw or haul a load, as oxen.  To travel, especially by ox wagon; to go from place to place; to migrate.  The act of trekking; a drawing or a traveling; a journey; a migration.  To migrate, journey, travel. 

 

 

“Perhaps walking is best imagined as an 'indicator species,' to use an ecologist's term. An indicator species signifies the health of an ecosystem, and its endangerment or diminishment can be an early warning sign of systemic trouble. Walking is an indicator species for various kinds of freedom and pleasures: free time, free and alluring space, and unhindered bodies.”
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

 

"Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks.  But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun." 
-  Ruth Westheimer

 

"If you are for a merry jaunt, I will try, for once, who can foot it farthest." 
-  John Dryden 

 

"Walking is a man's best medicine."  
-  Hippocrates

 

"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 freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves."  
-  John Muir

 

Sierra Nevada Hiker
Sierra Nevada, CA 1984
Rock Creek Basin, Mt. Starr (12,870')
The walker in all photos on this webpage is Mike Garofalo

 

 

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." 
-  Friedrich Nietzsche

 

"We live in a fast-paced society.  Walking slows us down." 
-  Robert Sweetgall 

 

"Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season." 
-  Leslie Stephen 

 

"Gardening is a long road, with many detours and way stations, and here we all are at one point or another.  It's not a question of superior or inferior taste, merely a question of which detour we are on at the moment. Getting there, as they say, is not important; the wandering about in the wilderness or in the olive groves or in the bayous is the whole point." 
-  Henry Mitchell, Gardening Is a Long Road, 1998

 

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

 

 

The Spirit of Gardening

The Ways of Walking

One Old Druid's Final Journey

 

 

"Above all do not lose your desire to walk.  Everyday 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.  But by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill ... if one keeps on walking everything will be alright." 
-  Soren Kierkegaard.

 

"It's when you are safe at home that you're having an adventure.  When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home." 
-  Thorton Wilder

 

“Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.”
-  Paul D. Boyer

 

“Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.”
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” 
-  Joseph Campbell

 

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

 

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."
-  T. S. Eliot

 

“I firmly believe that everyone deserves to live within walking distance of either beauty or convenience, if not both."
-  Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

 

"I can only meditate when I am walking.  When I stop, I cease to think; my mind works only with my legs." 
-  Jean Jacques Rousseau, Confessions

 

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive at where we started
And know the place for the first time."  
-  T. S. Eliot,  Little Gidding

 

 

 

 

 

"The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk."
-  Jacqueline Schiff

 

"Walking is also an ambulation of mind." 
-  Gertel Ehrlich

 

"Never have a path for walking on less than three feet wide."  
-   Martin Hoyles

 

"A vagrant is everywhere at home." 
-  Martial

 

"Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies." 
-  Eric Fromm

 

"If you pick 'em up, O Lord, I'll put 'em down." 
-  "Prayer of the Tired Walker"

 

“I would walk along the quais when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out. It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.”
-  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

 

"A garden should feel like a walk in the woods." 
-  Dan Kiley, American landscape designer

 

 

The Spirit of Gardening

The Ways of Walking

One Old Druid's Final Journey

 

 

"Walking would teach people the quality that youngsters find so hard to learn - patience." 
-  Edward P. Weston

 

“First, if it is true that a spatial order organizes an ensemble of possibilities (e.g., by a place in which one can move) and interdictions (e.g., by a wall that prevents one from going further), than the walked actualizes some of these possibilities. In that way, he makes them exist as well as emerge. But he also moves them about and he invents others, since the crossing, drifting away, or improvisation of walking privilege, transform, or abandon spatial elements.”
-  Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

 

"I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me." 
-  Fred Allen

 

"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown: for going out, I found, was really going in." 
-  John Muir

 

"Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking." 
-  Antonio Machado

 

"You may also want to bring the practice of wogging into your life.  Half slow walking (going uphill) and freely surrendered, speedy jogging (going downhill), it may become your preferred meditation posture or form of dance.  The goal of the practice is not to condition the body aerobically; that happens as a natural byproduct.  The goal of the practice is to open to and merge with the breath, letting your natural, surrendered breath determine how fast or slow your body moves, to stay as loose and relaxed as possible, to let every part of the body move as fluidly as possible, to surrender to the sensation and energies of the body as you keep playing with balance, to keep emptying the mind and staying in clear perception of vision and sound.  Full-bodied breath comes easier during a wog than during any other activity.  Sensations can be felt through the entire body.  Vision can become very clear, and the mind can stay very empty." 
-  Will Johnson, Yoga of the Mahamudra

 

"Your body is built for walking."
-  Gary Yanker

 

"Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is."   
-  Black Elk 

 

"Thoughts come clearly while one walks." 
-  Thomas Mann

 

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” 
-  Henry David Thoreau

 

"Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake!"  
-  W.J. Holland

 

 

 

  
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"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

 

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”
-  Cindy Ross

 

"The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts.  The creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.  A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making." 
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

"Walking inspires and promotes conversation that is grounded in the body, and so it gives the soul a place where it can thrive.  I think I could write an interesting memoir of significant walks I have taken with others, in which intimacy was not only experienced but set fondly into the landscape of memory.  When I was a child, I used to walk with my Uncle Tom on his farm, across fields and up and down hills.  We talked of many thing, some informative and some completely outrageous, and quite a few very tall stories emerged on those bucolic walks.  Whatever the content of the talking, those conversations remain important memories for me of my attachment to my family, to a remarkable personality, and to nature."
-   Thomas Moore, Soul Mates

 

"Some people like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path." 
-  Jean Anouilh

 

"Some mountaineers are proud of having done all their climbs without bivouac. How much they have missed ! And the same applies to those who enjoy only rock climbing, or only the ice climbs, onyl the ridges or faces. We should refuse none of the thousands and one joys that the mountains offer us at every turn. We should brush nothing aside, set no restrictions. We should experience hunger and thirst, be able to go fast, but also to go slowly and to contemplate."  
-  Gaston Rebuffat

 

"Walking is good for solving problems - it's like the feet are little psychiatrists." 
-  Pepper Giardino

 

"He who limps is still walking." 
-  Stanislaw J. Lec 

 

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

 

"It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven." 
-  Matthew Henry 

 

"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 

 

"A walk barefoot on the beach or grass brings the feet into contact with the earth and energies that flow through it, and provides a revitalizing, energizing, and natural message." 
-  Inge Dougans, Reflexology

 

"If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish." 
-  Charles Dickens

 

"To find new things, take the path you took yesterday." 
-  John Burroughs

 

"The modern world is fast, complex, competitive, and always concerned with what happens next. There is always more to do than there is time. The landscape and even the light are mostly artificial. This can be exciting, but all too often it is frustrating, stressful, and exhausting. In contrast, hiking for weeks or months at a time in an unspoiled natural environment is a simple, repetitive activity that leads to calmness and psychological well-being, a feeling of wholeness, of being a complete person. Each day follows the same pattern, linking in with natural rhythms–walk in the light, sleep in the dark, eat when hungry, take shelter from storms. Only the details are different. I get a great pleasure from this simplicity, from the basic pattern of walk and camp, walk and camp. It is good to escape the rush of the modern world and for a period of time to live a quieter, more basic life. Problems and worries subside as the days go by; they are put into perspective by the elemental activity of putting one foot in front of the other hour after hour, day after day. And on returning from the wilds, restored and revitalized by the experience, I find civilization can be much easier to deal with; indeed, aspects of it can seem very desirable." 
-  Chris Towsend, The Advanced Backpacker

 

“A pedestrian is a man in danger of his life. A walker is a man in possession of his soul.” 
-  David McCord 

 

“There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.”
-  Richard Nelson

 

“Walking in the morning takes you to beautiful places where light and shade make love.”
-  Mohamed Shareef

 

“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

 

"Once I dreamt of a form of poetry created by the sound of feet walking in the grass." 
-  Cecilia Vicuna

 

"I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty." 
-  George Santayana

 

"Like one that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head,
Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread."  
-  Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

"Walking is good for solving problems - it's like the feet are little psychiatrists."
-  Pepper Giardino

 

"Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season." 
-  Leslie Stephen

 

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”
-  Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

 

 

The Spirit of Gardening

The Ways of Walking

One Old Druid's Final Journey

 

 

"As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens." 
-  Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

 

"If a walker is indeed an individualist there is nowhere he can't go at dawn and not many places he can't go at noon.   But just as it demeans life to live alongside a great river you can no longer swim in or drink from, to be crowded into safer areas and hours takes much of the gloss off walking - one sport you shouldn't have to reserve a time and a court for." 
-  Edward Hoagland

 

 


 

 

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

 

"A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world." 
-  John Locke

 

“Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” 
-  Albert Camus

 

"After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile." 
-  English Proverb

 

“He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.”
-  Laura Adams Armer, Waterless Mountain

 

"The silence of landscape conceals vast presence. Place is not simply location. A place is a profound individuality. With complete attention, landscape celebrates the liturgy of the seasons, giving itself unreservedly to the passion of the goddess. The shape of a landscape is an ancient and silent form of consciousness. Mountains are huge contemplatives. Rivers and streams offer voice; they are the tears of the earth's joy and despair. The earth is full of soul ….. Civilization has tamed place. Left to itself, the curvature of the landscape invites presence and the loyalty of stillness." 
-  John O'Donohue, Anam Cara

 

 

 

                             

 

The Complete Guide to Walking, New and Revised: For Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness by Mark Fenton  

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit   

Walking: A Complete Guide to the Complete Exercise by Casey Meyers 

The Spirited Walker: Fitness Walking For Clarity, Balance, and Spiritual Connection by Carolyn Kortge

 

 

“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.”
-  Bruce Chatwin, What Am I Doing Here?

 

“Walking shares with making and working that crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world, of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world.”
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

"Peregrination charms our senses with such unspeakable and sweet variety that some count him that never traveled--a kind of prisoner, and pity his case: that, from his cradle to his old age, he beholds the same still, still, - still, the same, the same." 
-  Robert Burton

 

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” 
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends." 
-  Tom Brown, Jr.

 

"In a world of constant change and flux where being in the moment seems increasingly harder to attain, there is also something about the notion of traveling along a pathway–under our own power–that reconnects us, and indeed binds together all humanity…" 
-  Robert Searns

 

"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." 
-  Source Unknown 

 

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

 

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
-  Theodore Roethke   

 

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” 
-  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
-  William Shakespeare, MacBeth

 

“If a walker is indeed an individualist there is nowhere he can't go at dawn and not many places he can't go at noon. But just as it demeans life to live alongside a great river you can no longer swim in or drink from, to be crowded into safer areas and hours takes much of the gloss off walking - one sport you shouldn't have to reserve a time and a court for.” 
-  Edward Hoagland

 

"Allow walking to occupy a place of stature equal with all the other important activities in your life.  As difficult as that might seem, here's how to do it.  Make it a practice.  That's right.  Turn your walking into a vehicle for personal growth as well as for fitness.  This will add a higher level of integrity and intention to your approach because you will find that it is a way to deepen and upgrade your relationship to your body.  Instead of merely giving your legs and a good workout, you'll be practicing to relax more, to breathe better, to expand your vision, to open up your range of motion, to increase your energy, to feel and sense your body.  The list is exciting - and endless.  With all of this to look forward to, your walking program will take its place alongside everything in your life you value most, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to schedule time for something you really love to do."
-  Katherine Dreyer, Chi Walking 

 

"Walking around
an early spring garden--
going nowhere." 

-  Kyoshi 

 

"Backpacking forces one, by necessity, to walk the balance line, the edge of the sword, between disciplined deprivation and hedonistic gratification: a tiring, sweat-soaking day ends with a plunge into a cool stream; an arduous, lung-bursting climb is followed by a magnificent panoramic sweeping view; and there is the continuous contrast between life on the trail and civilized pleasures–a warm meal, a hot shower, clean dry clothes. It is by walking this line between sacrifice and satisfaction that one finds fulfillment." 
-  Robert Browne, The Appalachian Trail

 

"The central role of walking in Wordsworth's life suggests a number of interesting questions, but I will focus here only on those related to the theme of this conference, work and leisure.  Obviously, much of Wordsworth's walking could be classed as  leisure-time activity.  There was probably no compelling reason for Wordsworth and Dorothy to walk twice to the Black Swan or for Wordsworth and Mary to circumambulate the lakes.  Indeed, the reasons given for some of the walks--mousetrap buying and letter fetching--seem a bit contrived, as if almost any excuse would do for the sake of a good walk.  Yet at the same time, Wordsworth was a poet adept at picking up poetic materials from those walks--a beggar, a leech gatherer, a field of flowers.  Moreover, Wordsworth used walking as a compositional device, as he composed and revised his verses.  In other words, for Wordsworth, walking was also a form of work, both a process for extracting raw materials from the world and a manufacturing method for shaping or refining those materials."  
-  Malcolm Hayward 

 

"Once in a lifetime, perhaps, one escapes the actual confines of the flesh. Once in a lifetime, if one is lucky, one so merges with sunlight and air and running water that whole eons, the eons that mountains and deserts know, might pass in a single afternoon without discomfort." 
-  Loren Eisley, The Immense Journey

 

“A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream” 

 

"Every walk is a sort of crusade, preached by some Peter the Hermit in us." 
-  Henry David Thoreau

 

"If you are walking to seek, ye shall find." 
-  Sommeil Liberosensa

 

"It has been said that there are landscapes one can walk through, landscapes which can be gazed upon, landscapes in which one may dwell ...  Those fit for walking through or being gazed upon are not equal to those in which one may dwell or ramble." 
-  Kuo Hsi

 

“I learned that the richness of life is found in adventure. . . . It develops self-reliance and independence. Life then teems with excitement. There is stagnation only in security.” 
-  William O. Douglas

 

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” 
-  Mary Anne Radmacher

 

"Your possessions should set you free like a boat or a pair of hiking boots.  If you work for your possessions and they don't set you free, what are you working for?" 
-  Billy Harris

 

"You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself." 
-  Carol Burnett

 

“To walk is to lack a place. It is the indefinite process of being absent and in search of a proper. The moving about that the city mutliplies and concentrates makes the city itself an immense social experience of lacking a place -- an experience that is, to be sure, broken up into countless tiny deportations (displacements and walks), compensated for by the relationships and intersections of these exoduses that intertwine and create an urban fabric, and placed under the sign of what ought to be, ultimately, the place but is only a name, the City...a universe of rented spaces haunted by a nowhere or by dreamed-of places.”
-  Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

 

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life." 
–  John Burroughs

 

 

 

 

"The contented person enjoys the scenery of a detour."
"Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance." 
–  Authors Unknown

 

"As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit - and parking as close to the stadium as possible." 
-  Bill Vaughan

 

"A person's heart and mind are in chaos.
Concentration on one thing makes the mind pure.
If one aspires to reach the Tao, 
one should practice walking in a circle." 
-  Taoist Canon

 

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

 

"It's always fun to walk down the street with or behind a really beautiful woman, for no reason other than to see how the world reacts to them.
-  Jonathan Carroll

 

“The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing." 
-  Daniel J. Boorstin

 

“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” 
-  Jack Handey

 

"Slow down and enjoy life.  It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." 
-  Eddie Cantor

 

“It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.” 
-  Mother Theresa

 

"I was the world in which I walked." 
-  Wallace Stevens, Tea at the Palaz of Hoon

 

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." 
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Walking is the exercise that needs no gym. It is the prescription without medicine, the weight control without diet, the cosmetic that is sold in no drugstore. It is the tranquilizer without a pill, the therapy without a psychoanalyst, the fountain of youth that is no legend. A walk is the vacation that does not cost a cent." 

-  Aaron Sussman & Ruth Goode, The Magic of Walking

 

"If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear shoes that are too tight." 
-  The Houghton Line, November 1965

 

"The English literary movement at the end of the 18th century was obviously due in great part, if not mainly, to the renewed practice of walking." 
-  Leslie Stephen, The Art of Walking

 

"It's amazing how much time one can spend in a garden doing nothing at all.  I sometimes think, in fact, that the nicest part of gardening is walking around in a daze, idly deadheading the odd dahlia, wondering where on earth to squeeze in yet another impulse buy, debating whether to move the recalcitrant artemisia one more time, or daydreaming about where to put the pergola." 
-  Jane Garmey, A Writer in the Garden 

 

"You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of a special soul as well." 
-   Emme Woodhull-Bäche

 

"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." 
-  St. Augustine 

 

"And I have been able to give freedom and life which was acknowledged in the ecstasy of walking hand in hand across the most beautiful bridge of the world, the cables enclosing us and pulling us upward in such a dance as I have never walked and never can walk with another." 
-  Hart Crane

 

"A fact bobbed up from my memory, that the ancient Egyptians prescribed  walking through a garden as a cure for the mad.  It was a mind-altering drug we took daily."
-  Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks  

 

"The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand."
-  Frederick L. Knowles

 

"My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder." 
-  William Golding

 

"Some do not walk at all; others walk in the highways; a few walk across lots." 
-  Henry David Thoreau, Walking

 

 


 


"Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility." 
-  Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild

 

"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

 

“Four times I was honked at for having the temerity to proceed through town without the benefit of metal.”
-  Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

 

“Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.”
-  Elizabeth von Arnim, The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen

 

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes.  All is a miracle." 
-  Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself." 
-  Buddha

 

 

The Spirit of Gardening

The Ways of Walking

One Old Druid's Final Journey

 

 

"What is there that confers the noblest delight?  What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him?  Discovery!  To know that you are walking where none others have walked."
-  Mark Twain 

 

.… the brisk exercise imparts elasticity to the muscles, fresh and healthy blood circulates through the brain, the mind works well, the eye is clear, the step is firm, and a day's exertion always makes the evening's repose thoroughly enjoyable.” 

-  David Livingstone

 

"In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society." 
-  Henry David Thoreau

 

"Every morning, like clockwork, he [Wallace Stevens] used to walk down Terry Road about nine o’clock, just about the time I was standing by my kitchen sink. I’d always get a thrill. I the afternoon, he’d walk back, this very slow stride of his. Usually, if it was summer or good weather, I’d be outdoors with some of the neighbors’ children.  I’d make them stop and look at him, and I’d say, "I want you to remember this is a great poet." 
-  Florence Berkman 

 

"Now shall I walk
or shall I ride?
"Ride," Pleasure said:
"Walk," Joy replied." 
-  W.H. Davies

 

There is no orthodoxy in walking. It is a land of many paths and no-paths, where every one goes his own and is right.” 
-  G. M. Trevelyan 

 

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road” 
-  Voltaire

 

"The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk." 
-  Jacqueline Schiff

 

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

 

"Our true home is in the present moment.  To live in the present moment is a miracle.  The miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment." 
-  Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"The trail has taught me much. I know now the varied voices of the coyote – the wizard of the mesa. I know the solemn call of herons and the mocking cry of the loon. I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear a coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy." 
-  Hamlin Garland, 1899

 

"Thus, that one can find no place to walk through the breadth of the earth is not because the earth is not tranquil but because the danger to every step of the traveler lies generally with words." 
-  Xun Zi

 

“It seems thus possible to give a preliminary definition of walking as a space of enunciation.”
-  Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

 

“One kind of walking which I do not recall seeing mentioned anywhere in the literature of the subject is imaginary walking.”
-  Edwin V Mitchell, The Pleasures Of Walking

 

“The stones were sharp,
The wind came at my back;
Walking along the highway,
Mincing like a cat.”
-  Theodore Roethke

 

"Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other." 
-  M. C. Richards

 

“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.”
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

“The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.” 
-  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

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

 

 

Here is my walking path. It is a .35 mile, asphalt paved, cul-de-sac, Kilkenny Lane, in Red Bluff, California.  Kilkenny Lane moves in an east-west direction from the front of my home to Highway 99 West.  I practice Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong in the circular area in front of my house shown the foreground of this picture.  I rarely encounter a car on Kilkenny Lane.  Six laps back and forth provide me with 3.6 miles of walking.   

 

 

"All walking is discovery.  On foot we take the time to see things whole." 
-  Hal Borland 

 

"There’s all sorts of walking—from heading out across the desert in a straight line to a sinuous weaving through undergrowth. Descending rocky ridges and talus slopes is a specialty in itself. It is an irregular dancing—always shifting—step of walk on slabs and scree. The breath and eye are always following this uneven rhythm. It is never paced or clocklike, but flexing—little jumps—sidestep—going for the well-seen place to put a foot on a rock, hit flat, move on—zigzagging along and all deliberate. The alert eye looking ahead, picking the footholds to come, while never missing the step of the moment. The body-mind is so at one with this rough world that it makes these moves effortlessly once it has had a bit of practice. The mountain keeps up with the mountain …  The landscape can become both ritual and meditation." 
-  Gary Snyder

 

"It is good to collect things; it is better to take walks." 
-  Anatole France

 

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Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

 

 

"Before supper take a little walk, after supper do the same." 
-  Erasmus 

 

"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." 
-  Ursula K. LeGui

 

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

 

"Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?"
-  Walt Whitman

 

“One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.” 
-  Crazy Horse

 

"Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving.  And movement is life." 
-  Carrie Latet 

 

“When the path ignites a soul,
there's no remaining in place.
The foot touches ground,
but not for long.”
-  Hakim Sanai

 

"The pleasure of risk is in the control needed to ride it with assurance so that what appears dangerous to the outsider is, to the participant, simply a matter of intelligence, skill, intuition, coordination... in a word, experience. Climbing in particular, is a paradoxically intellectual pastime, but with this difference: you have to think with your body. Every move has to be worked out in terms of playing chess with your body. If I make a mistake the consequences are immediate, obvious, embarrassing, and possibly painful. For a brief period I am directly responsible for my actions. In that beautiful, silent, world of mountains, it seems to me worth a little risk." 
-  A. Alvarez, The Games Climbers Play

 

"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

 

"Each fresh peak ascended teaches something."
-  Sir Martin Convay

 

“Today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt, and then the shadow sweeps it away. You know you’re alive. You take huge steps, trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”
-  Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

 

“A by product of the circulation of commodities, human circulation considered as a form of consumption, tourism comes down fundamentally to the freedom to go and see what has become banal. The economic planning of the frequenting of different places is already in itself the guarantee of their equivalence. The same modernization that has withdrawn the element of time from journeying, has also withdrawn the reality of space.”
-  Tom McDonough, The Situationists and the City

 

"It is solved by walking - Solvitur ambulando."
-  A Latin proverb, attributed to Saint Augustine and St. Jerome

 

"It takes days of practice to learn the art of sauntering.  Commonly we stride through the out-of-doors too swiftly to see more than the most obvious and prominent things. For observing nature, the best pace is a snail’s pace." 
-  Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons

 

"The best treatment for feet encased in shoes all day is to go barefoot. One-fifth of the world’s population never wears shoes – ever! But when people who usually go barefoot usually wear shoes, their feet begin to suffer. As often as possible, walk barefoot on the beach, in your yard, or at least around the house. Walking in the grass or sand massages your feet, strengthens your muscles and feels very relaxing…If you can cut back on wearing shoes by 30 percent, you will save wear and tear on your feet and extend the life of your shoes." 
-  Stephanie Tourles, Natural Foot Care

 

"I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes, my rage, forgetting everything." 
-  Pablo Neruda 

 

"In a city where you walk around, it's impossible to plan your day and your life as accidents will happen, you'll overhear things, bump into people, and take unexpected turns.
-  Jason Schwartzman

 

"The world belongs to the energetic." 
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition." 
-  Katherine Hepburn

 

"Walking - the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise."  
-  Carrie Latet 

 

"Has modern society lost a measure of its spiritual awareness because we take so little time to walk? In not allowing ourselves time to slow down, to be close to the earth around us, have we become impervious to a God who chooses to reveal Himself through His creation?”
-  Amy Litzelman

 

"Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast." 
-  Harry Truman

 

 

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The Ways of Walking

One Old Druid's Final Journey

 

 

"Make the commitment to gradually improve both your exercise performance and your eating habits.  Take your time, what's the hurry?  View it as a journey to improve yourself.  Although this is difficult, focus on the journey, not the end result." 
-  Bob Greene 

 

“Should I go up one flight of stairs and then come back down, or should I go down one flight of stairs and then come back up? Same destination, same distance, same amount of work, but two different paths. Who knows, I might find love on one path. Probably the path I don’t choose.”
-  Jarod Kintz

 

"In the inhalation and exhalation there is an energy and a lively divine spirit, since He, through his spirit supports the breath of life, giving courage to the people who are in the earth and spirit to those who walk on it.
-  Michael Servetus

 

“The subject of walking is, in some sense, about how we invest universal acts with particular meanings. Like eating or breathing, it can be invested with wildly different cultural meanings, from the erotic to the spiritual, from the revolutionary to the artistic.”
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
-  Siddhārtha Gautama, Sayings Of Buddha

 

"As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens." 
-  Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

 

“It occurred to me, not exactly for the first time, that psychogeography didn't have much to do with the actual experience of walking. It was a nice idea, a clever idea, an art project, a conceit, but it had very little to do with any real walking, with any real experience of walking. And it confirmed for me what I'd really known all along, that walking isn't much good as a theoretical experience. You can dress it up any way you like, but walking remains resolutely simple, basic, analog. That's why I love it and love doing it. And in that respect--stay with me on this--it's not entirely unlike a martini. Sure you can add things to martinis, like chocolate or an olive stuffed with blue cheese or, God forbid, cotton candy, and similarly you can add things to your walks--constraints, shapes, notions of the mapping of utopian spaces--but you don't need to. And really, why would you? Why spoil a good drink? Why spoil a good walk?”
-  Geoff Nicholson, The Lost Art of Walking

 

“When I'm in turmoil, when I can't think, when I'm exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It's just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building.”
-  Jim Butcher, Storm Front

 

"What is it that makes it so hard sometimes to determine whither we will walk? I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. It is not indifferent to us which way we walk. There is a right way; but we are very liable from heedlessness and stupidity to take the wrong one. We would fain take that walk, never yet taken by us through this actual world, which is perfectly symbolical of the path which we love to travel in the interior and ideal world; and sometimes, no doubt, we find it difficult to choose our direction, because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea." 
-  Henry David Thoreau

 

“Hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.”
-  Jamie Luner

 

"One thing that you find out when you have been practicing mindfulness for a while is that nothing is quite as simple as it appears.  This is as true for walking as it is for anything else.  For one thing, we carry our mind around with us when we walk, so we are usually absorbed in our own thoughts to one extent or another.   We are hardly ever just walking, even when we are just going out for a walk.  Walking meditation involves intentionally attending to the experience of walking itself.  This brings your attention to the actual experience of walking as you are doing it, focusing on the sensations in your feet and legs, feeling your whole body moving.  You can also integrate awareness of your breathing with the experience." 
-  John Kabat-Zinn 

 

"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

 

"Once you find you can't walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated."
-  Robert Sheckley

 

“It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think yours is the only path.”
-  Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

"When Sir Edmund Hillary made the first conquest of Mt. Everest in 1953, his Sherpa bearers were almost all barefooted, even well above the snow line." 
-  Richard Frazine, The Barefoot Hiker

 

"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

 

“To lead the people, walk behind them.”
-  Lao Tzu

 

"The mere thought of walking outdoors on a brilliant golden-blue day causes fire-works of delight to go off in most people’s psyche.  It gives one an instant feeling of happiness and that is meditation!  We are not only in touch, at that moment, with the physical splendor of nature, but also with the beauty of merging our own spiritual nature with it." 
 Karen Zebroff 

 

 


North Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2006

 

 

“May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.” 
-  Irish Blessing 

 

"We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return - sending back our embalmed hearts only as relics to our desolate kingdoms." 
-  Henry David Thoreau

 

"I can walk down the street all day and people look at me, but they don't talk to me or stop me." 
-  Scott Speedman 

 

"Walking is the number one exercise for your feet as well as your body. Barefoot walking is the ideal." 
-  Stephanie Tourles, Natural Foot Care

 

“We are happy to observe an increasing frequency of these pedestrian tours: to walk, is, beyond all comparison, the most independent and advantageous mode of travelling; Smelfungus and Mundungus may pursue their journey as they please; but it grieves one to see a man of taste at the mercy of a postilion.  For the 'man of taste' to be actively recommended the pedestrian alternative indeed shows that a decisive reversal of educated attitudes has taken place, and within a relatively narrow span of years.”
-  Robin Jarvis, Romantic Writing And Pedestrian Travel

 

"Long distance hiking is not a vacation, it’s too long for that. It’s not recreation, too much toil and pain involved. It is, we decide, a way of life, a very simplified Spartan way of living … life on the move … heavy packs, sweating brow; they make you appreciate warm sunshine, companionship, cool water. The best way to appreciate these things that are precious and important in life it is take them away." 
-  Cindy Ross, Journey on the Crest

 

“What you're missing is that the path itself changes you.”
― Julien Smith, The Flinch

 

"Part of the challenge in taking up Zen training is appreciating that formal study is focused and dedicated, but also in a certain sense contrived.  Each step in kinhin is a wondrous linking of breath and mind and sangha and self, and is obviously also walking in circles really slowly in a cramped room.  It’s a device, and it’s mysteriously right. It’s very ordinary, and it’s as extraordinary as the universe itself." 
-  Bonnie Myotai Treace, Moonlit Window   

 

“I was the world in which I walked.” 
-  Wallace Stevens

 

"'Walking' [by H.D. Thoreau] is a lyrical, meandering essay on the value of sauntering and on the preservation of what is wild in the world. It is an amazing, impassioned work, especially considering it was published well before the automobile came to define the limits of our experience of place. It is a call to participation in the world, for living among that which is untamed." 
-  Zane Parker

 

"No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it." 
-  Charles M. Schulz

 

“I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures.”
-  Jack Kerouac

 

"If the conquest of a great peak brings moments of exultation and bliss, which in the monotonous, materialistic existence of modern times nothing else can approach, it also presents great dangers. It is not the goal of grand alpinism to face peril, but it is one of the tests one must undergo to deserve the joy of rising for an instant above the state of crawling grubs. But soon we have to start the descent. Suddenly I feel sad and despondent. I am well aware that a mountaineering victory is only a scratch in space But in spite of this, how sad I feel at leaving that crest ! On this proud and beautiful mountain we have lived hours of fraternal, warm and exalting nobility. Here for a few days we have ceased to be slaves and have really been men. It is hard to return to servitude."
-  Lionel Terray

 

"The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine.
-  Alfred E. Smith

 

"People are different on a path.  On a town sidewalk strangers may make eye contact, but that’s all. On a path like this they smile, say hello, and pet one another’s dogs.  I think every community in American should have a greenway." 
-  Anne Lusk

 

“Walk some night on a suburban street and pass house after house on both sides of the same street each with the lamplight of the living room, shining golden, and inside the little blue square of the television, each living family riveting its attention on probably one show; nobody talking; silence in the yards; dogs barking at you because you pass on human feet instead of wheels.”
-  Geoff Nicholson, The Lost Art of Walking

 

"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

 

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain — he is inspired by it.”
-  William Arthur Ward

 

"Remember that on average, every minute you are walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes!" 
-  Deborah Crawford 

 

"Many of the Anglican meditation manuals used by Druids in the early years of the Revival gave special instructions for meditating while walking in a garden or some other quiet area.  To meditate while walking, choose a route over level ground where you won't have to bend, climb stairs, duck around trees, or do anything else that will interrupt your thoughts.  A paved or gravel path in a garden is ideal.   It should lead in a circle, so that you can keep walking as long as necessary.  Walk slowly and smoothly, taking relatively small steps at a steady rhythm.  As with the seated posture, you spine should be straight without being stiff, the crown of your head level, and your eyes lowered.  Let your arms move easily and naturally at your sides." 
-  John Michael Greer, The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth

 

“On the path that leads to Nowhere I have sometimes found my soul!” 
-  Corine Roosevelt Robinson

 

 

“Go outside and walk a bit, long enough to take in and record new surroundings.  Enjoy the best-kept secret around - the ordinary, everyday landscape that touches any explorer with magic.” 
-  John R. Stilgoe  

 

They become liberated spaces that can be occupied. A rich indetermination gives them, by means of a semantic rarefaction, the function of articulating a second, poetic geography on top of the geography of the literal, forbidden or permitted meaning. They insinuate other routes into the functionalist and historical order of movement. Walking follows them: 'I fill this great empty space with a beautiful name.”
-  Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

 

"I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak."
-  Sir Leslie Stephen

 

"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I've often passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun." 
-  J. R. R. Tolkien

 

 

 

 

“The famous Zen parable about the master for whom, before his studies, mountains were only mountains, but during his studies mountains were no longer mountains, and afterward mountains were again mountains could be interpreted as an alleory about [the perpetual paradox that when one is closest to a destination one is also the farthest).”
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

“You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.”
-  Tom Hiddleston

 

 

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Red Bluff, Tehama County, North Sacramento Valley, California

Red Bluff, Tehama County, North Sacramento Valley, Northern Central California, U.S.A.
Cities in the area: Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Hamilton City, Orland, Willows, Corning,
Rancho Tehama, Los Molinos, Tehama, Proberta, Gerber, Manton, Cottonwood,
Anderson, Shasta Lake, Palo Cedro, and Redding, CA, California.

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This website was first published on the Internet WWW in April, 2008.
Much of the content in the website was first published on the Internet WWW in 2000 at the Spirit of Gardening website.
This webpage was last modified or updated on August 16, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cities and small towns in the area: Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Hamilton City,
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