QUOTE | The Walker’s Decalogue

Posted on 30/11/2013

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From the essay ‘Walking’ by Henry David Thoreau …

  1. The wise man is restful, never restless or impatient. He each moment abides there where he is, as some walkers actually rest the whole body at each step.
  2. An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
  3. I cannot walk well or pleasantly if I can’t keep me away on the horizon.
  4. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
  5. Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
  6. If you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk.
  7. If you would get exercise go in search of the springs of life.
  8. Moreover, you must walk like a camel which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking.
  9. Let us improve our opportunities then before the evil days come.
  10. There is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
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