Jog on, jog on, the footpath way,
And merrily hent the stile-a:
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a.
– A Winter’s Tale – William Shakespeare
The sum of the whole is this:
walk and be happy; walk and be healthy.
The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.
– Charles Dickens
Climb the mountains
and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off
like autumn leaves.
As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed,
but Nature’s sources never fail.
– John Muir
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I oft have 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 Tolkein
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.
– Alfred Wainwright
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
If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.
– The Houghton Line, November 1965
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
– Helen Keller
We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry.
– Thich Nhat Hanh