Walking: Quotations + Postings

** Why a whole section of quotations about walking? Because I'm addicted to both quotations & walking! Couldn't function properly without frequent walks.

** on Jan. 21/18. An article from Brainpickings. Walking as Creative Fuel: A Splendid 1913 Celebration of How Solitary Walks Enliven “The Country of the Mind” (walking really is spectacular; we're not kidding!!)

** on March 18/14: Yet more testimonials on the benefits of walking. It's good for your memory! & a CBC Radio 'Ideas' show on the history of walking - how we are actually constructed for walking!; many people passionate about walking & their wise words on its history, meaning & benefits. (The segment is called "Walking Matters.")

** on Dec. 13/13: A friend sent me the article: "Why Walking is a Wonder Drug for Your Health." Who knew?? All I knew is I love it & it always always always makes me feel grrrreat…. (Thanks for the link, AB!!)

** Michael Moore on walking

*** Scroll down for the quotations!

There are quite a few walking-related posts here. Many were written & posted on my old blog site, meaning the internal links have gone wonky. 🙁 Links to external material usually still work, though! 🙂


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

“Walking is a man's best medicine.” – Hippocrates

“Walking is truly medicine.” – Max Lugavere, author of Genius Foods & 'Breadhead' filmmaker, quoted in episode 2 of  the Dr. Mark Hyman 'Broken Brain' series.

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973)

“To be hurt, yet forgive. To do wrong, but forgive yourself. To depart from this world leaving only love; this is the reason you walk.” – Wab Kinew

“…contemplating which way to walk. We’re caught in the pleasant dilemma of having no wrong choices.” – character in the novel A Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins

“If I'm sane at all, it’s because I walk.” – my sister, another addicted walker

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis

“The sum of the whole is this: Walk and be happy, walk and be healthy.  The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” – Charles Dickens

“I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day. I have done this for many years. It is at these times I seem to get re-charged. … My explanation of it is that when I walk in a carefree way, without straining to get to my destination, then I am living in the present. And it is only then that the creative power flourishes.” – Brenda Ueland on walking & writing, in If You Want to Write – A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, pages 42-43

“I walked slowly and relished the return of migrating and mating songbirds. I wanted to walk when I could and it occurred to me that stillness doesn’t mean not moving – seated meditation is only a reminder of a quality of mind in which one is wakeful, lively, spirited, humorous, not acting out of desperation.” – Gretel Ehrlich in her memoir A Match to the Heart – One woman’s story of being struck by lightning

“We are made aware of the proverbial forks in the road of life from an early age. Whether at commencement or from the pulpit, we are told there is a convenient path, and a less traveled road of integrity. From a Buddhist perspective, the adage is infinitely true. We face such forks a million times a day, even in the space of a breath. Life is permeated with possibility at every instant. What distinguishes one life from another is intention, the one thing that we can control. Rosa Parks’s intentions were deep and unswerving, as were King’s, Thoreau’s, and Gandhi’s; so, too, were Jo Ann Robinson’s and Virginia Durr’s. While the events of the world were out of their control, their resolve was not.

Maybe the best way to understand the future implications of the movement’s daily actions is to remember Emerson’s moral botany: corn seeds produce corn; justice creates justice; and kindness fosters generosity. How do we sow our seeds when large, well-intentioned institutions and intolerant ideologies that purport to be our salvation cause so much damage? One sure way is through smallness, grace, and locality. Individuals start where they stand and, in Antonio Machado’s poetic dictum, make the road by walking. Thoreau insisted in Civil Disobedience that if only one man withdrew his support from an unjust government, it would begin a cycle that would reverberate and grow. For him there were no inconsequential acts, only consequential inaction: ‘for it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.’” – Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming. <Pg. 84-5> [Note: I've added a bunch of quotations from Blessed Unrest. They're here in 'Quotation Central']

“It is solved by walking.” – St. Augustine