Trails and Greenway Proverbs

The following Proverbs are part of over 2,000 quotations that I have collected since 1982. They are arranged loosely into 60 subjects related to Trails, Greenways, Outdoor Recreation, and Nature (see Quotes Menu to the right). I want this to be a readable source for inspiring, challenging, and amusing information and knowledge; as well as a reliable, easy-to-use reference work for finding the precise wording, author, date, and source of the quotation. If you have questions about any quotes or citations or can provide additional quotes or information please contact me at

Where there is no vision, the people perish: (King James Version of the Holy Bible) —PROVERBS 29:18
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. —AFRICAN Proverb
If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk with others. —AFRICAN Proverb
The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears. —ARABIAN Proverb
The horse is God’s gift to mankind. —ARABIAN Proverb
Those who have health have hope; and those who have hope have everything. —ARABIAN Proverb
Do not follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. —ASHANTI Proverb
Work is good, provided you do not forget to live. —BANTU Proverb
If you take big paces you leave big spaces. —BURMESE Proverb
Flowing water never goes bad. —CHINESE Proverb
He who treads softly goes far. —CHINESE Proverb
I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one. —CHINESE Proverb
Of all strategies, to know when to quit may be the best. —CHINESE Proverb
One step at a time is good walking. —CHINESE Proverb
Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep. —CHINESE Proverb
Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me and I’ll understand. —CHINESE Proverb
The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names. —CHINESE Proverb
The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones. —CHINESE Proverb
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. —CHINESE Proverb
There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same. —CHINESE Proverb
To do good work, one must have good tools. —CHINESE Proverb
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. —CHINESE Proverb
What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I know. —CHINESE Proverb
When you drink the water, remember the spring. —CHINESE Proverb
We will be known by the tracks we leave behind. —DAKOTA Proverb
*Better to ask twice than to lose your way once. —DANISH Proverb
*You can’t be lost, if you don’t care where you are. —DUTCH CARIBBEAN Proverb
*Adventures are to the adventurous. —ENGLISH Proverb
Every path has its puddle. —ENGLISH Proverb
Hasty climbers have sudden falls. —ENGLISH Proverb
He travels fastest who travels alone. —ENGLISH Proverb
It is a long lane that has no turning. —ENGLISH Proverb
If two ride a horse, one must ride behind. —ENGLISH Proverb
If you don’t make mistakes you don’t make anything. —ENGLISH Proverb
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem —ENGLISH Proverb
Those who are absent are always wrong. —ENGLISH Proverb
You do not find what you do not seek. —ENGLISH Proverb
*A fool and water will go the way they are diverted. —ETHIOPIAN Proverb
*Even God cannot make two mountains without a valley in between. —GAELIC Proverb
It is better to wear out one’s shoes than one’s sheets. —GENOESE Proverb
What is the use of running when we are not on the right road? —GERMAN Proverb
Who begins too much accomplishes little. —GERMAN Proverb
Act quickly, think slowly. —GREEK Proverb
Many hands make light work. —GREEK Proverb
Po buckra an dog walk one pat [The poor man and the dog walk the same path]. —GULLAH Proverb (dialect heard in the lowcountry of South Carolina)
Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore. —HINDU Proverb
Walking makes for a long life. —HINDU Proverb
Listen to the voice of nature. —HURON Proverb
Nature, time and patience are the great physicians. —IRISH Proverb
It is better to lose the saddle than the horse. —ITALIAN Proverb
Beginning is easy—continuing is hard. —JAPANESE Proverb
Don’t give others what they don’t want. —JAPANESE Proverb
Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare. —JAPANESE Proverb
We have not inherited the world from our forefathers—we have borrowed it from our children. —KASHMIRI Proverb
When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. —LAKOTA Proverb
Before supper walk a little; after supper do the same. —LATIN Proverb
If there is no wind, row. —LATIN Proverb
It is solved by walking. —LATIN Proverb
The beaten path is the safest. —LATIN Proverb
It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. —MEXICAN Pro
He who does not travel does not know the value of men. —MOORISH Proverb
We didn’t inherit the earth from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children. —NATIVE AMERICAN Proverb
A traveler to distant places should make no enemies. —NIGERIAN Proverb
The day on which one starts out is not the time to start one’s preparations. —NIGERIAN Proverb
Do not look to the ground for your next step; greatness lies with those who look to the horizon. —NORWEGIAN Proverb
Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. —OLD Proverb
Better to turn back than to lose your way. —RUSSIAN Proverb
He who has traveled alone can tell what he likes. —RWANDAN Proverb
Set a stout heart to a steep hillside. —SCOTTISH Proverb
Don’t settle, roam over the prairies. —SEMINOLE Proverb
The path to glory is rough. —SEMINOLE Proverb
It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion. —SENEGALESE Proverb
Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. —SERVIAN Proverb
A horse is worth more than riches. —SPANISH Proverb
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will. —SPANISH Proverb
He who would venture nothing must not get on a horse. —SPANISH Proverb
On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy. —SPANISH Proverb
Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow. —SPANISH Proverb
Standing is still going. —SWAHILI Proverb
It’s not so much where you are as which way you are going. —US Proverb
On an unknown path every foot is slow. —US Proverb
The man who walks takes title to the world around him. —US Proverb
Be like a rock in the middle of a river, let all of the water flow around and past you. —ZEN Proverb
The obstacle is the path. —ZEN Proverb
When you reach the top, keep climbing. —ZEN Proverb

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