17 Literary Quotes About The Joy Of Walking

November 28, 2014 3:15 PM

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17 Literary Quotes About The Joy Of Walking

Thoreau may have been the literary world’s poster boy for walks. His passion for walking complemented his general valorization of nature; to truly experience the woods is to ramble through them rather than to remain cooped up indoors or to speed through them on a horse or other means of conveyance. As Maria Popova of Brain Pickings recently noted, “Thoreau is careful to point out that the walking he extols has nothing to do with transportational utility or physical exercise -- rather it is a spiritual endeavor undertaken for its own sake.”

Sure, but Thoreau is the hippie of literature -- of course he thought everyone should walk around ponds all day. Many other classic literary figures were also strong proponents of strolling, however -- not just the tree-hugging Thoreau. He is joined by brilliant writers including Friedrich Nietzsche...

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