The Ways of Walking
Strolling, Sauntering, Meandering, Hiking, Wandering, Walks, Hikes, Trekking, Tramping
Quotations 7

Quotations, Poems, Quips, Wisdom, Sayings, Lore

Research by Michael P. Garofalo


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"There is an art to wandering.  If I have a destination, a plan - an objective - I've lost the ability to find serendipity.  I've become too focused, too single-minded.  I am on a quest, not a ramble.  I search for the Holy Grail of particularity, and miss the chalice freely offered, filled full to overflowing."
-   Cathy Johnson, On Becoming Lost


"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."
-  Karle Wilson


"I like to walk about amidst the beautiful things that adorn the world."
-  George Santayana


"I was never less alone than when by myself."
-  Edward Gibbon


"The walking stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer's hands are employed otherwise that in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure."
-  Thorstein Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class


"... 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 the day's exertion always make the evening's repose thoroughly enjoyable."
-  Dr. David Livingstone


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


"In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs."
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


"In the evening, I walked alone down to the Lake by the side of Crow Park after sunset and saw the solemn coloring of night draw on, the last gleam of sunshine fading away on the hilltops, the seep serene of the asters, and the long shadows of the mountains thrown across them, till they nearly touched the hithermost shore.  At distance hear the murmur of many waterfalls not audible in the day-time.  Wished for the moon, but she was dark to me and silent, hid in her vacant interlunar cave."
-  Thomas Gray, Journal in the Lakes 


"I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk; for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly; I have seen it only by moonlight."
-   Karl Philipp Moritz


"With the first step, the number of shapes the walk might take is infinite, but then the walk begins to define itself as it goes along, though freedom remains total with each step: any tempting side road can be turned into an impulse, or any wild patch of woods can be explored.  The pattern of the walk is to come true, is to be recognized, discovered."
-  A.R. Ammons, A Poem is a Walk


"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


"I dressed and went for a walk - determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer."
-   Raymond Carver, This Morning


"The civilized man has built a couch, but he has lost the use of his feet."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson


"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go."
-  Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey


"I drew my bride, beneath the moon,
Across my threshold; happy hour!
But, ah, the walk that afternoon
We saw the water-flags in flower!
-  Coventry Patmore


“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


"Our mental make-up is suited to a life of very severe physical labor.  I used, when I was younger, to take my holidays walking.  I would cover 25 miles a day, and when the evening came I had no need of anything to keep me from boredom, since the delight of sitting amply sufficed ...  When crowds assemble in Trafalgar Square to cheer to the echo of an announcemnt that the government has decided to have them killed, they would not do so if they all walked 25 miles that day."
-  Bertrand Russell, Nobel Prize acceptance speech


"More backpacking trips are ruined by sore feet than by all other causes combined. Pounded by the ground below and the weight of you and your pack above, your feet receive harsher treatment than any other part of your body."
-   Chris Townsend, The Backpacker’s Handbook


"I nauseate walking."
-  William Congreve


"The path up and down is one and the same."
-   Heraclitus


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



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"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 


"I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer.  My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music.  It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips."
-   Violette Leduc


"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


"Walking is man's best medicine."
-   Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity


"Management by Walking Around"
-  Dave Packard of Hewlett-Packard Corporation


"Give me the clear blue sky above 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!"
-   Henry Hazlitt


"I have walked this south stream when to believe in spring was an act of faith.  It was spitting snow and blowing, and within two days of being May ... But as if to assert the triumph of climate over weather, one ancient willow managed a few gray pussy willows, soft and barely visible against the snow-blurred gray background."
-   Ann Zwinger 


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. 


"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 


"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 


"Mostly, two miles an hour is good going."
-   Colin Fletcher, The Complete Walker III


"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


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


"The art of walking is at once suggestive of the dignity of man.  Progressive motion alone implies power, but in almost every other instance it seems a power gained at the expense of self-possession."
-   Henry Theodore Tuckerman


"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
-   Edgar Abbey


"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


"When you walk in the mountains stands of cedar, among the wise old elder trees, anything you want to know you can find there."
-  Saying of the Lummi Tribe of Puget Sound


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


"A pedestrian seems in this country to be a sort of beast of passage - stared at, pitied, suspected and shunned by everyone who meets him ...  Every passing coachman called out to me: "Do you want to ride on the outside?"  If I met only a farm worker on a horse he would say to me companionably "Warm walking sir," and when I passed through a village the old women in their bewilderment would let out a "God Almighty!"
-   Carl Philip Moritz, Journeys of a German in England


"Taking off your shoes is a sacred ritual.  It is a a hallowed moment of remembering the goodness of space and time.  It is a way of celebrating the holy ground on which you stand.  If you want to be a child of wonder cherish the truth that time and space are holy.  Whether you take off your shoes symbolically or literally matters little.  What is important is that you are alive to the holy ground on which you stand and to the holy ground that you are."
-   Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart


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


"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


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


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


"Today I walked on the lion-coloured hills
 with only cypresses for company, 
 until the sunset caught me, turned the brush
 to copper
 set the clouds 
 to one great roof of flame 
 above the earth,
 so that I walk through fire, beneath fire,
 and all in beauty. 
 Being alone
 I could not be alone, but felt
 (closer than flesh) the presence of those
 who once had burned in such transfigurations.
 My happiness ran through the centuries
 in one continual brightness.  Looking down,
 I saw the earth beneath me like a rose
 petaled with mountains,
 fragrant with deep peace."
 -  Elizabeth Coatsworth, On the Hills, 1924 


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"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 Fromme


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


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


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


"I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.  I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat.  I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, the shell of your coffin.  I am the bread of kindness and the floor of beauty. Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: harm me not."
-  Portuguese Forest Reserves, Prayer of the Woods, 1100


"To walk well, you hike light–light on yourself, light on your budget, light on the land."
-   Marilyn Doan, Hiking Light


"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



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"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, 2005, p. 134


"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth."
-   Robert Frost, Two Roads  


"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


"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


"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, p. 5. 


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


"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


"Walking isn't a lost art - one must, by some means, get to the garage."
-   Evan Esar


"The fascinating quality of all sorts of wilderness and backcountry travel lies in the reduction of life to its essentials: food, shelter, beauty; the confrontation with forces and circumstances which are at once comprehensible, mysterious, and so powerful that they will not be denied."
-   Raymond Bridge, America’s Backpacking Book


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


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


"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 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



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One Old Druid's Final Journey

Cloud Hands Blog



"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


Red Bluff, CA 2006


"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


"Singing the same song at a different tone,
In thoughts, destined to die, unknown.
Born unto a world not of our own,
We walked together, walking alone."
-   Michael R. Anderson,
Walking Alone 


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


"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


"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.


"It is a great art to saunter."
-   Henry David Thoreau, 1841 


"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


“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


"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, p. 56






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 around
an early spring garden--
going nowhere."

-   Kyoshi 


"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 Orville 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


"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


"The most important quality a thru-hiker posses is the determination to succeed.  Resolve and even courage are needed to get through the tough times: rain, snow, scorching sun, insects, unfavorable terrain.  The rewards are the good times: beautiful scenery, outdoor life, increased feeling of self-worth, new friends.
-   Christopher Whalen, The Appalachian Trail


"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  


“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


Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way


“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


"Farewell we call to hearth and hall!
Though wind may blow and rain may fall.
We must away ere the break of day.
Far over wood and mountain tall."
-   J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings


"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 


Caloric Expenditures for Different Bodyweights for One Hour of Walking at Various Speeds


Caloric Expenditures Per Mile for Different Bodyweights by Walking at Various Speeds


"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


"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  


Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
Your're too smart to go down on not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry, Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers.
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Whenever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up.
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lerch
with an unpleasant bump."
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You Will Go




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


"The morning woods were utterly new.  A strong yellow light pooled beneath the trees; my shadow appeared and vanished on the path, since a third of the trees I walked under were still bare, a third spread a luminous haze wherever they grew, and another third blocked the sun with new, whole leaves.  The snakes were out - I saw a bright, smashed one on the path - and the butterflies were vaulting and furling about; the phlox was at its peak, and even the evergreens looked greener, newly created and washed."
-  Annie Dillar, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


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


Death Valley, CA 1988


"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


"From my mother came the idea that going down to the sea repaired the spirit.  That is where she walked when she was sad or worried or lonely for my father.  If she had been crying, she came back composed; if she had left angry with us, she returned in good humor.  So we naturally believed that there was a cleansing, purifying effect to be had; that letting the fresh wind blow through you mind and spirits as well as your hair and clothing purged black thoughts; that contemplating the ceaseless motion of the waves calmed a raging spirit."
-   Robert MacNeil, Wordstruck  


"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



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"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 


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


“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


"To reason, to argue.  It is to walk with crutches in search of the truth.  We come to it with a leap."
-   Joseph Joubert, Notebooks


"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 more zigzag the way, the deeper the scenery. 
The winding path approaches the secluded and peaceful place."
-   Huang Binhong


“To cultivate a garden is to walk with God”
-  Christian Nevell Bovee


"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


“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


"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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"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


“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 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


"It is solved by walking."
-   A Latin proverb


"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


"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."
-  St. Francis of Assisi, 1220


"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 


"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


"Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast."
-   Harry Truman (Advice on how to live to be 80.)



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"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 


"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."
-   Theodore Adorno


"When you walk, you know the distance you’ve covered in your tired bones, and it’s impossible to go so far that you lose the thread of continuity between "there" and "here."
-   Kelly Winters, Walking Home


"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


"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


"Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest, Sir?
"Because it is there."
-  George Mallory, 1923


“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 splendour 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


"The rule of thumb for the old backpacking was that the weight of your pack should equal the weight of yourself and the kitchen range combined. Just a casual glance at the full pack sitting on the floor could give you a double hernia and fuse four vertebrae. After carrying the pack all day, you had to remember to tie one leg to a tree before you dropped it. Otherwise you would float off into space. The pack eliminated the need for any special kind of ground-gripping shoes, because your feet would sink a foot and a half into hard-packed earth, two inches into solid rock."
-   Patrick McManus, A Fine and Pleasant Misery


"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 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 


"The short English miles are delightful for walking. You are always pleased to find, every now and then, in how short a time you have walked a mile, though, no doubt, a mile is everywhere a mile, I walk but a moderate pace, and can accomplish four English miles in an hour."
-   Karl Philipp Moritz


"It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top."
-   Arnold Bennet, 1930


"The book of Nature is that which the physician must read; and to do so he must walk over the leaves."
-   Paracelsus


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


"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   


"A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; 
a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; 
an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - 
he's walking on them."
-  Leonard L. Levinson 


"Keep on walkin' and walkin', talkin' to myself.
Keep on walkin' and walkin', talkin' to myself.
Gal I love's with somebody else.
I'm goin' find my baby, don't think she can be found.
I'm goin' find my baby, don't think she can be found.
Goin' walk this hard road till my moustache drag the ground."
-  Arthur Blake, Hard Road Blues 


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"Good company in a journey makes the way seem the shorter."
–   Izaak Walton, 1680


"Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail."
-   Robert Motherwell


"A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk." 
-   O. A. Battista 


"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


"Every thought sounds like a footfall,
Till a thought like a boot kicks down the wall."
-   Laura Riding, Footfalling


"Our plans were seldom adhered to, and generally much altered en route. That mattered little to us, for all our needed supplies were in the packs on our backs; we could make camp in one place just as well as in another."
-   Paul Fink, Backpacking Was the Only Way


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


"I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."
-   Psalm 121:1  


"For in this walk, this voyage,
it is yourself, the profound history of your 'self,'
that now as always you encounter."
-   Conrad Aiken, The Walk in the Garden


"It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot."
-   Vladimir Nabokov 


"I woke up this mornin'
Feelin' round for my shoes
Know 'bout I got these,
Old walkin' blues."
-  Robert Johnson, Walkin' Blues


"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, p. 210





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