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Walking ... is how the body measures itself against the earth.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky.... hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Hope in the Dark

Walking shares with making and working that crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world, of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Hope in the Dark

A lone walker is both present and detached, more than an audience but less than a participant. Walking assuages or legitimizes this alienation.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Vengeance and forgiveness are about reconciling the accounts, but accounting is an ugly description of the tangled ways we're connected. I sometimes think everything comes out even in the end, but an end that arches beyond the horizon, beyond our capacity to perceive or measure, and that in many cases those who trespass against you do so out of a misery that means the punishment preceded and even precipitated the crime. Maybe that's acceptance.

REBECCA SOLNIT, The Faraway Nearby

The possibility of paradise hovers on the cusp of coming into being, so much so that it takes powerful forces to keep such a paradise at bay. If paradise now arises in hell, it's because in the suspension of the usual order and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way.

REBECCA SOLNIT, A Paradise Built in Hell

Blind hope faces a blank wall waiting for a door in it to open. Doors might be nearby, but blind hope keeps you from locating them.

REBECCA SOLNIT, Hope in the Dark


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