If you enjoy walking in the mountains or following a track between the trees, you will also enjoy these proverbs and quotes about hiking and walking.

A garden should feel like a walk in the woods.

Dan Kiley

A path is made by walking on it.

Zhuang Zi

After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value.

George Macauley Trevelyan

After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the distance they planned to go in twice the time it should take.


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

John Muir

Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.

Frank Tyger

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not linger to gather flowers to keep them, but walk on, for flowers will keep themselves blooming all your way.

Rabindranath Tagore

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.

Ed Viesturs

Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake!

W.J. Holland

Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.

Diane Spicer

Hiking is just walking where it's okay to pee.

Demetri Martin

Hiking is the best workout! You can hike for three hours and not even realize you're working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.

Jamie Luner

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

I can't write, I can't paint, but I can hike!


I don't know where I am going, but I'm on my way.

Carl Sagan

I dream of hiking into my old age.

Marlyn Doan

I dressed and went for a walk – determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer.

This Morning
Raymond Carver

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.

Henry David Thoreau

I hate all those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little.

Billy Connolly

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.

G.M. Trevelyan

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

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.


If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.

Raymond Inmon

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

Frank A. Clark

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.


In every walk with nature, one received far more than he seeks.

John Muir

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

It feels good to be lost in the right direction.


It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.

Mother Theresa

It's always further than it looks. It's always taller than it looks. And it's always harder than it looks.

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

Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.

Anatoli Boukreev

My best days are spent with mountains and trees.


My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

Aldous Huxley

Once I dreamt of a form of poetry created by the sound of feet walking in the grass.

Cecilia Vicuna

One step at a time is good walking.

Chinese proverb

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

T.S. Eliot

Remember to turn everything off once a week including your brain and walk somewhere quiet.


Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.

Cindy Ross

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.

Roger Miller

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

Doug Larson

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

Chief Seattle

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The best view comes after the hardest climb.


The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The farmer hopes for rain, the walker hopes for sunshine, and the gods hesitate.

Chinese proverb

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Chinese proverb

The legs are the wheels of creativity.

Albert Einstein

The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends.

Tom Brown, Jr.

The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.

Werner Herzog

There are many paths up the mountain, but the view from the top is always the same.

Chinese proverb

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills

There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.

Alfred Wainwright

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.

John Muir

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.

Dr. Seuss

Walking is a man's best medicine.


Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.

Carrie Latet

We don't stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.

Finis Mitchel

What a joy walking is. All the cares of life, all the hopeless, inept fuckwits that God has strewn along the Bill Bryson Highway of Life suddenly seem far away and harmless, and the world becomes tranquil and welcoming and good.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Bill Bryson

What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.

A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson

When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.


You need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well.

Terri Guillemets