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"In wildness is the preservation of the world," -- A lecture by Thoreau which became one of the seminal works of the early environmental movement.
Kindle Edition, 33 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Heraklion Press (first published 1862)
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Debbie Zapata
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.

Moreover, you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking.

Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I picked this little book up the other day with reason. Recently I read Gros' A Philosophy of Walking which associated walking with creative thinking and returning to nature. Living in the outskirts of Dallas I figured I should give it a try. I usually travel by bicycle, but recently had my doubts about of its value over my life and limb. Last month a car, which was behind me, ran a stop sign and ran over the rear end of my bike, with me on it. A few weeks later an angry driver ran a stop sign, ...more
Como nunca tinha lido Thoreau e tinha este PDF à mão - que até é uma coisita pequena - decidi experimentar este autor de quem há muito ouvia falar. O que não estava à espera é que fosse, literalmente, um livro sobre caminhadas. Daí não viria nenhum mal; já há alguns anos que sou adepta de caminhadas, quer em grupo, quer comigo própria. São a minha terapia e concordo com tudo o que aqui foi dito a propósito. Depois, o autor alonga-se numa exaustiva reflexão sobre o modo de vida das sociedades mod ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, nonfiction, nature
This essay by Henry David Thoreau is about the author's joy in living in nature and in the present. Walking is a short read and nicely encapsulates many of Thoreau's themes from Walden Pond and his other works.
Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it more and more tame and cheap. A people who would begin by burning the fences and let the forest stand! I saw th
Riku Sayuj
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could jogging count, perchance? I promise to keep my head facing west by south-west as I run in my daily circles...
J Dride
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them -- as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon -- I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago."

I usually read from this at least a few times a month. One of my all time favorite Thoreau pieces. His wit and critiques are spot on; as per usual with Thoreau
Jane Reye
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was surprised to find Thoreau's attitude somewhat... extremist (from what I had gathered about the author, I was already expecting, at least, a great deal of zeal). Thoreau's passion for walking and the natural world are evident throughout, possibly a revision of the wording at certain points in the essay could have avoided or limited the superior and judgemental vibe I sensed, particularly in the first half of the book (this was quite unfortunate as Thoreau made many valid points).

I had plan
Paul Stevenson
Where do you come from? where do you go? Where do you come from, Henry Thoreau?
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
Recommended to Laura by: Cheryl Kennedy
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Opening lines:
wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that.


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May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second reading of "Walking" and, this time, I chose to read it in nature. That really made all the difference. I found myself hating it this last fall when I read it in the confines of my tiny little room. Surrounding myself in nature and allowing myself to annotate in the margins made me feel like Thoreau and I were on our own walk, having a conversation. Just like any long conversation there were moments I began to zone out and think about other things but overall it is a wonderful ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
7 in 7 readathon book #4. A big meh. Starts well, then he goes off on one about civilisation and society. Doesn't really stick to the topic of walking at all. Too bad.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoreau, filosofo statunitense, scrive poco prima di morire nel 1862 “Camminare”, una raccolta di pensieri elaborati e scritti durante le sue lunghe escursioni solitarie nella natura selvaggia.

Nel piccolo libro cerca di trasmettere al lettore il desiderio di immergersi nella foresta e nella Natura per allontanarsi dalla vita di società, da tutto ciò che sia stato contaminato dall’uomo, dalla fretta, dai ritmi frenetici, anche a costo di disubbidire alle norme e alle costrizioni della società ste
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was interesting....I'm still thinking about it. Henry David Thoreau put such thought and care into this. He made the time to write about "walking" which was a beloved past time of his. Granted this was back in the mid 1800's where traveling (of any kind) was either a luxury or a necessity, let alone having spare time to do it. When I look at the lives of my ancestors in the mid-west during that time, it was a hard life. After a day in the fields, I think the last thing they wanted was to go ...more
Rachel Nicole Wagner
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PIECE BY THOREAU! Wow, it just really spoke to me. The opening line, "I wish to speak a word for Nature." Wow. It had me captivated from the first line. I really love this message of looking around at the beauty around you and appreciating all of the "real-life," that surrounds us. It pays omage to "stop and smell the roses," I just love it so much!

Douglas Cootey
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Douglas by: Twitter
Shelves: ebook, non-fiction
One day Henry David Thoreau started following me on Twitter and I thought to myself that I had never read any of his works. I realize Thoreau is not auto-tweeting from beyond, but I enjoyed enough of his namesake's abbreviated tweets to pique my curiosity to read the original less abbreviated works.

I've been to Concord, Massachusetts. It's lovely country, even still. There I saw Louis May Alcott's home where she wrote Little Women, and I believe I've been to Walden Pond. None of it had any appe
I was terribly disappointed in this book, primarily because it just didn't flow or hold together. I have known Thoreau primarily from quotations, and indeed, the lyrical or descriptive beauty of random excerpts from this book were its only redeeming elements.


"For every walk is a sort of crusade..."

"When a traveler asked Wordsworth's servant to show him her master's study, she answered, 'Here is his library, but his study is out of doors.'"

"There is something in the mountain air that fe
Vorrei spendere una parola in favore della Natura, dell'assoluta libertà e dello stato selvaggio, contrapposti a una libertà e a una cultura puramente civili
Il breve saggio di Thoreau è imperniato su un tema semplicissimo: il cammino come catarsi. L'uomo, afferma l'autore, ha dimenticato di essere originariamente un vagabondo e si è rinchiuso in luoghi non inclini alla sua vera natura.
Tuttavia, basta allontanarsi e lasciare alle proprie spalle i luoghi antropizzati per sentirsi veri.
La casa, la
Oh, Thoreau- sometimes I wish a man of this time period could live exclusively by your ideals. I shouldn't generalize, I am sure there are men that do.... I mean me. I wish I could. Anyways, this little gem is a great essay on the topic of walking. The premise is that walking is good for the body, mind and soul. I do not believe many people would refute this, but Thoreau is eloquent and assertive on the subject and I believe makes a great case for this great alternative to anything else one does ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was just a little too unfocused. At sixty pages it is a long essay, something that, to be successful, should be tightly focused. On the flip side, it IS about walking - not to anywhere in particular, not at a purposeful pace - but as in wandering, meandering. As in partaking of an existential experience. And, what does Thoreau's mind do? It wanders, it meanders, it ruminates and produces profound thoughts. If you like quotes, there's many to be found here.

Alrededor de la mitad se pone bueno, cuando se olvida que estaba hablando de las virtudes del caminar y empieza a bardear mal a la civilización occidental, la literatura inglesa, y a todo aquello que no entre en lo que Thoreau considera bueno y bello: la Naturaleza y lo Salvaje.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being an avid, daily walker, I enjoy thinking about Thoreau’s thoughts as I walk.
Andrea J
L’amor de Thoreau per la Natura salvatge, l’aire lliure i el fer camí. Rellegible anualment quan es tenen ganes de bosc. Com ara.

«I jo diria: “Que proper al bé és tot allò que és salvatge!”
Lo spazio di Behemoth
Con "Camminare" ho iniziato a conoscere l'opera di Thoreau e non mi ha affatto deluso. Testo filosofico/saggistico, in diversi passaggi è davvero illuminante e profetico. Consigliato a tutti coloro che amano passeggiare e perdersi nella natura.
John Martindale
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I loved Thoreau's use of language and how his words smoothly flowed forth, carrying me like a stream to the end of this little book. Thoreau definitely made me look forward to moving to New Hampshire where I will be surrounded by endless miles of the wild and will have the opportunity to saunter for hours in the forest.

Nature is one of those things, that like Shakespeare I know I should appreciate more then I in fact do. Don't get me wrong, i love nature and I do stop and smell the roses to use
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a one day Walden reading marathon(a full day of Thoreau-ian seclusion in the house!), I can say Walking was a disappointment. I could not find equally lyrical descriptions of nature, I could not feel the "joys and necessities of long afternoon walks". I was not moved...

Reading Walden and you imagine being alone in that forest next to the lake, you imagine walking and seeing the plants, you hear the sound of birds, you learn to distinguish the species of fish visible through the clear water
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-goal-25
The elevated language will make you smarter. The sentiments will make you richer.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

"In short, all good things are wild and free."
Timothy Sikes
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The influence of European Romanticism on American Transcendentalism is difficult to overstate. The influence is so strong scholars often call American Transcendentalism “American Romanticism.” During this time, a central issue of American literature was its identity as a distinct, national American literature. Throughout “Walking,” Thoreau draws heavily on the influence of European Romanticism while balancing and arguing for the distinctiveness of an American literature.
Throughout “Walking,” Tho
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry David Thoreau, in his essay “Walking”, demonstrates both a deep connection to the natural world as well as an obvious notion about his own superiority in appreciating it. This pretension does not diminish his likability as a narrator, but it does call into question some of his romanticized notions of simple and rugged lifestyles. Thoreau's ruminations on the value and power of walking to distinguish true appreciators of nature from common travelers are tinged with a sense of nobility which ...more
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Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau) was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

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“Wildness is the preservation of the World.” 167 likes
“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit.” 27 likes
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