Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quote of the Day (Robert Louis Stevenson, on Walking)

“Now, to be properly enjoyed, a walking tour should be gone upon alone. If you go in a company, or even in pairs, it is no longer a walking tour in anything but name; it is something else and more in the nature of a picnic. A walking tour should be gone upon alone, because freedom is of the essence; because you should be able to stop and go on, and follow this way or that, as the freak takes you; and because you must have your own pace, and neither trot alongside a champion walker, nor mince in time with a girl. And then you must be open to all impressions and let your thoughts take colour from what you see. You should be as a pipe for any wind to play upon.”—Robert Louis Stevenson, “Walking Tours,” from Virginibus Puerisque, And Other Papers (1907)

(Portrait of Stevenson by John Singer Sargent.)

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