And when I'm writing, I absolutely have to walk. I walk my way through plot tangles, through wanting to really understand a character, through a desert of thoughts and to replenish that well where the mystery arises from (and I don't mean the genre - I mean the great unknown mystery of creativity).
No one writes better about walking than Bruce Chatwin - especially in his book 'Songlines' which is a bit of a bible for me.
I haven't got any special religion this morning. My God is the God of Walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don't need any other god. ~Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia, 1977And here are some more:
I represent what is left of a vanishing race, and that is the pedestrian.... That I am still able to be here, I owe to a keen eye and a nimble pair of legs. But I know they'll get me someday. ~Will Rogers
After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile. ~English Proverb
If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish. ~Charles Dickens
And finally -
If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon
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 ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens
Thoughts come clearly while one walks. ~Thomas Mann
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Soren Kierkegaard
Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard
How can you explain that you need to know that the trees are still there, and the hills and the sky? Anyone knows they are. How can you say it is time your pulse responded to another rhythm, the rhythm of the day and the season instead of the hour and the minute? No, you cannot explain. So you walk. ~Author unknown, from New York Times editorial, "The Walk," 25 October 1967
Make your feet your friend. ~J.M. Barrie
Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
"Ride," Pleasure said:
"Walk," Joy replied.
Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash? ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. ~Paul Scott Mowrer, The House of Europe
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-three today and we don't know where the hell she is. ~Ellen DeGeneres
I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes my rage, forgetting everything.
~Pablo Neruda, translated
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Now I've got to go vacuum. Really.