Weekend Words: Walk

Thomas Gainsborough, “Mr and Mrs William Hallett (‘The Morning Walk’)” (1785), oil on canvas, 236 x 179 cm (National Gallery, London) (image via Web Gallery of Art)

This week, the Guardian reported that Dallas, which “shares with Detroit the honor of being one of the two most car-dependent major metropolitan areas in the US” may be losing its affection for the automobile.

Bike sharing and a new bullet train have recently been introduced, and the value of real estate “in even semi-walkable Dallas areas is shooting through the roof, suggesting severe pent-up demand for places where you can actually, you know, walk.”

“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading: It vexes me to choose another guide.”

—Emily Bronte

“I just can’t get over losin’ you
And so if I seem, broken and blue
Walk on by, walk on by

Foolish pride, that’s all that I have left
So let me hide the tears and the sadness you gave me
When you said goodbye, you said good bye

So walk on by”

—Burt Bacharach and Hal David

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”

—Edna St. Vincent Millay

“It seems that it is madder never to abandon one’s self than often to be infatuated; better to be wounded, a captive and a slave, than always to walk in armor.”

—Margaret Fuller

“A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted — in the air. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest — at the command — of his head.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.”

—Josephine Baker

“An active line on a walk, moving freely without a goal. A walk for a walk’s sake. The agent is a point that shifts position.”

—Paul Klee, Pedagogical Sketchbook

“Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk.”

—Cyril Connolly, Unquiet Grave

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.”

—Phyllis Diller

“Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City’s the place
Where they said, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
I said, “Hey, Joe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”

—Lou Reed

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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