Inspirational Walking Quotes

My 65 Favorite Inspirational Walking Quotes

No other form of exercise is as simple as walking. It’s a kind of activity that almost anyone can engage in and one that comes with a plethora of physical and mental benefits. People are even able to hike for charity. Walking allows people to reconnect with their thoughts, challenge their bodies, as well as meet and befriend many like-minded people and it can also change their life.

However, even though most of us know about the benefits of walking, sometimes we still may need a tiny bit of inspiration. Whether you’re planning an afternoon wander along the coast, a strenuous mountain climb, or a long trip through the woods, the following walking quotes will motivate you to take your hiking shoes and get out on the trail.

  1. Pain reminds me I am alive – Me while walking the Camino with blisters.
  2. “Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates
  3. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin
  4. “History begins at ground level, with footsteps.” – Michel de Certeau
  5. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” – Raymond Myers
  7. “After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.” – George Macauley Trevelyan
  8. “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” – Henry David Thoreau
  9. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
  10. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  11. “Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.” – Antonio Machado
  12. “There is nothing healthier for a man than to walk on his own two legs.” – José Saramago
  13. “Walking makes the world much bigger and therefore more interesting.” – Edward Abbey
  14. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
  15. “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson
  16. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn
  17. “Every step of the walk unburdens us of what we have just seen and thought while it simultaneously thrusts us into the previously unknown.” – Jeffrey Robinson
  18. “It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.” – Matthew Henry
  19. “Man’s real home is not a house, but the Road, and that life itself is a journey to be walked on foot.” – Bruce Chatwin
  20. “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost
  21. “To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis
  22. “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.” – Soren Kierkegaard
  23. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
  24. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
  25. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro
  26. “It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.” – Anatole France
  27. “Truth itself wanders through the forests.” – Werner Herzog
  28. “I could never resist the call of the trail.” – Buffalo Bill
  29. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey
  30. “Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  31. “Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.” – Pepper Giardino
  32. “Walking is the favorite sport of the good and wise.” – A. L. Rowse
  33. “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.” – Katharine Hepburn
  34. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder
  35. “Go out, go out I beg of you, and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.” – Edna Jaques
  36. “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” – Thomas Jefferson
  37. “I can only meditate when I am walking, when I stop I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  38. “Make your feet your friend.” – James M. Barrie
  39. “He who limps is still walking.” – Stanislaw Lec
  40. “I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also.” – John McCain
  41. “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” – Aldous Huxley
  42. “The destiny of every walking man is to immerse himself in the panorama surrounding him, to the point of becoming one with it, and ultimately, to vanish.” – Federico Castigliano
  43. “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchell
  44. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey
  45. “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” – Hippocrates
  46. “The long-distance hiker, a breed set apart, from the likes of the usual pack. He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.” – M.J. Eberhart
  47. “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” – Chief Seattle
  48. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods… I love not Man the less, but Nature more…” – Lord Byron
  49. “We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall
  50. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
  51. “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs
  52. “Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.” – Rebecca Solnit
  53. “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau
  54. “The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” – Joseph Joubert
  55. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  56. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot
  57. “A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” – Mary Davis
  58. “Thoughts come clearly while one walks.” – Thomas Mann
  59. “Happiness walks on busy feet.” – Kitte Turmell
  60. “Walking is the natural recreation for a person who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season.” – Leslie Stephen
  61. “Walking has something in it which animates and heightens my ideas: I can scarcely think when I stay in one place.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  62. “The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.” – Edward Abbey
  63. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
  64. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
  65. “The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.” – Paulo Coelho
  66. “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

Those are my favorite walking quotes. If you have any to add to the list just let me know in the comments below.

1 thought on “My 65 Favorite Inspirational Walking Quotes”

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