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Quote: Theodore Roosevelt

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick”

On September 2, 1901, Teddy Roosevelt used the phrase “speak softly, and carry a big stick” to describe his foreign policy. Big Stick diplomacy defined his presidency.

The widespread use of ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ began with American president Theodore Roosevelt. In a letter to Henry L. Sprague, on January 26th 1900, he wrote:

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

Speak softly and carry a big stick

The stick does not have to be big to aid the journey. The stick can realise a confidence. Learn how to use your stick when “speaking softly” fails the mark.

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Quote: Jack Kerouac

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

– Jack Kerouac

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Quote: Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Thomas Wentworth Higginson, (born December 22, 1823, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 9, 1911, Cambridge), American reformer who was dedicated to the abolition movement before the American Civil War.

During the Civil War Higginson accepted command of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, later the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, the first black regiment in the U.S. armed forces. After 1864 he wrote a series of popular biographies and histories and a novel. Higginson discovered and encouraged the poet Emily Dickinson.

“It is the charm of pedestrian journeys that they convert the grandest avenues to footpaths. Through them alone we gain intimate knowledge of the people, and of nature, and indeed of ourselves. It is easy to hurry too fast for our best reflections. The thoughts that the railway affords us are dusty thoughts; we ask the news, read the journals, question our neighbor, and wish to know what is going on because we are a part of it. It is only in the footpath that our minds, like our bodies, move slowly, and we traverse thought, like space, with a patient thoroughness.”

— Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Oldport Days.

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Quote: Henry David Thoreau

“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. […]
the walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking
exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated

— Henry David Thoreau, “Walking, and the Wild”.
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Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote speaks directly to the sacrament of ad Communionem for the the Order.

“There are two companions, with one or other of whom it is desirable to go out on a tramp. One is an artist, that is, who has an eye for beauty. If you use a good and skilful companion, you shall see through his eyes; and, if they be of great discernment, you will learn wonderful secrets. … The other is a naturalist, for the reason that it is much better to learn the elements of geology, of botany, or ornithology and astronomy by word of mouth from a companion than dully from a book.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Notes on Walking”.
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Quote: J. Brooks Atkinson

“Walking companions, like heroes, are difficult to pluck out

of the crowd of acquaintances. Good dispositions, ready wit,

friendly conversation serve well enough by the fireside but

they prove insufficient in the field. For there you need

transcendentalists — nothing less; you need poets, sages,

humorists and natural philosophers.”

— J. Brooks Atkinson, “A Note on Walking”.
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Quote: Stephen Graham, “ The Gentle Art of Tramping”

“On the road the weak and strong points of character are revealed. There are those who complain, making each mile seem like three; there are those who have untapped reserves of cheerfulness, who sing their companions through the tired hours.”

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Quote: Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard, from a letter to his favorite niece, Henriette Lund, in 1847

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”

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Passage of text from Winter Sunshine by John Burroughs. published in 1875. I have circled the Order of Walkers.
This is from the John Burroughs book “Winter Sunshine.” It was originally published in 1875.