These are my favourite philosophical quotations around the subject of walking.

  • “The distance is nothing, only the first step is difficult” – Madame du Deffand
  • “On every mountain, height is rest” – Goethe
  • “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking” – Nietzsche
  • “I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking down the same river” – Zhuangzi
  • Now shall I walk or shall I ride? Ride, pleasure said, walk, joy replied”
  • “Walking is man’s best medicine” – Hippocrates
  • “Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking” – Machado
  • “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to” – Bilbo Baggins
  • “But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.” – Gwyn Thomas
  • “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.” – John Muir
  • “The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” – Tibetan Proverb
  • “When I rest my feet my mind also ceases to function” – J. G. Hamann
  • “It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks” – Anatole France
  • “To be everywhere is to be nowhere” – Seneca
  • “One meeting by chance is worth a thousand meetings by appointment” – Arab saying
  • “In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “A pedestrian is a man in danger of his life. A walker is a man in possession of his soul.” – David McCord
  • “For knowledge, add; For wisdom, take away.” – Charles Simic
  • “To go fast, go alone; to go far, go together” – African proverb
  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
  • “I like the bicycle for oblivion it gives. I can walk, I think. On a bicycle I go in the wind, I do not think, and nothing is so delicious.” – Emile Zola
  • “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Goethe
  • “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “My grandmother started walking 5-miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  • “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
  • “Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “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
  • “It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi
  • “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman
  • “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
  • “When I see a person on a bicycle, I have hope for the future of the human race.” – H.G.Wells
  • “Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.” – The Buddha
  • “For whom are you walking?” 
  • “Feeling light within, I walk.” – Native American Sayings
  • “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
  • “If we are facing in the right direction; all we have to do is keep on walking” – Buddist Proverb
  • “Who needs a weather forecast when you can see the future?” – Papay Ranger
  • “The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy” – Charles Dickens
  • “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot” – Werner Herzog 

Do these ring true? Do you know of others?

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