Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Famous Quotes on Walking and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on Walking Benefits

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

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One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to strengthen your physical fitness through exercise is to take a walk. You can also discover benefits for your mind as well as your body while walking – such as stress relief, wonder, and creative ideas. Here are some famous quotes on walking and well-being to motivate you:

“Walking is man's best medicine.” - Hippocrates

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” - John Muir

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Lovely days don't come to you; you should walk to them.” – Rumi

“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

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

“Walking is good for solving problems. It's like the feet are little psychiatrists.”- Pepper Giardino

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” - Thomas Jefferson

“All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.”- Hal Borland

“Happy is the person who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake!”- W.J. Holland

“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

“Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking.” - St. Augustine of Hippo

“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” - Robert Sweetgall

“Good walking leaves no track behind it.” - Lao Tsu

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.” - Thomas Mann

“The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” - Jacqueline Schiff

“After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value.” - George Macauley Trevelyan

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand … Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realize that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.” - Charlotte Eriksson

“If you seek creative ideas, go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” - Raymond I. Myers

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” - Helen Keller

“The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends.” - Tom Brown Jr.

“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.” - Barack Obama

Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“Home is everything you can walk to.” - Rebecca Solnit

“If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.” - Dolly Parton

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir

“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

“To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” - Buddha

“Exercise is important, but exercise in a gym is not important. Go and take a walk outside. Skip the umpteenth coffee date and go for a hike instead. Take the stairs. Walk your errands.” - Daphne Oz

“God is at home. It's we who have gone out for a walk.”- Meister Eckhart

“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” - Carrie Latet

“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

“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 only walk on sunny days you'll never reach your destination.” - Paulo Coelho

“When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking.” - Sarah Jessica Parker

“It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted.” - Mary Ellen Chase

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.” - Neil Gaiman

“But the beauty is in the walking – we are betrayed by destinations.” - Gwyn Thomas

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” - Henry David Thoreau

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