Thomas Jefferson on the Joy and Ease of Walking

Feet on Sand“The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is best.  A horse gives but a kind of half exercise, and a carriage is no better than a cradle.  No one knows, till he tries, how easily a habit of walking is acquired.”

Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Thomas
Mann Randolph Jr. (August 27, 1786)


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My name is Candace Nigh. I am a wife, Mom, sister, social worker, hiker, engineer, and sleep champion. Passionate about social justice, public policy, and American History. Blog about sustainable urban farming. Creator of Garlic Celery Carrots:
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6 Responses to Thomas Jefferson on the Joy and Ease of Walking

  1. janey says:

    So true!

  2. Robbie says:

    Monticello…where a lot of this knowledge started:-) Wise man:-)

    • Candace says:

      Robbie – Joe and I visited Williamsburg, VA and Monticello last summer. At Williamsburg we attended a public talk presented by a Jefferson actor/interpreter. Loved Jefferson’s understanding of the social and political issues of the day, and his emphasis on separation of church and state and religious freedom. At Monticello we enjoyed touring Jefferson’s gardens and learning more about his genius.

      At the same time, I have to acknowledge the complexities and inconsistencies of his stance on freedom as a right for all yet his willingness to enslave others. I realize I am looking back at his life from the 21st century, but feel that it has to be acknowledged.

      • Robbie says:

        Yes, you are correct. I mostly focused on his growing of food + the seed saving he did + records etc. I have no doubt people today would have problems with his plant selections. I do not think today he would exchange plants/seeds so freely as he did back then. Many laws in place today! We live in a different world today,

  3. Candace says:

    Robbie – I was not aware of the extent of his seed/plant exchanges! Thank you for sharing that information, and thanks again for visiting my blog.

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