Rebecca Solnit Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Rebecca Solnit quotes, Rebecca Solnit sayings, and Rebecca Solnit proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be. Rebecca Solnit
The process of transformation consists mostly of decay. Rebecca Solnit
Women often find great roles in revolution, simply because the rules fall apart and everyone has agency, anyone can act. Rebecca Solnit
Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That's where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go. Rebecca Solnit
Credibility is a basic survival tool. Rebecca Solnit
In mountaineering, if we look for private experience rather than public history, even getting to the top becomes an optional narrative rather than the main point, and those who only wander in high places become part of the story. Rebecca Solnit
Mountaineering is the art of getting up mountains by foot and occasionally by hand, and though the climbing is usually emphasized, most ascents are mostly a matter of walking and since good climbers climb with their legs as much as possible, climbing could be called the art of taking a vertical walk. Rebecca Solnit
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
Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth. Rebecca Solnit
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
Every walker is a guard on patrol to protect the ineffable. Rebecca Solnit
Walking is a pastime rather than an avocation. Rebecca Solnit
A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape. Rebecca Solnit
The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany. Rebecca Solnit
The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany. Rebecca Solnit
People rescue each other. They build shelters and community kitchens and ways to deal with lost children and eventually rebuild one way or another. Rebecca Solnit
For me, childhood roaming was what developed self-reliance, a sense of direction and adventure, imagination, a will to explore, to be able to get a little lost and then figure out the way back. Rebecca Solnit
The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood. Rebecca Solnit
Las Vegas suggests that the thirst for places, for cities and gardens and wilderness, is unslaked, that people will still seek out the experience of wandering about in the open air to examine the architecture, the spectacles, and the stuff for sale, will still hanker after surprises and strangers. That the city as a whole is one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly places in the world suggests something of the problems to be faced, but that its attraction is a pedestrian oasis suggests the possibility of recovering the spaces in which walking is viable. Rebecca Solnit
Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style. Rebecca Solnit
Disaster shocks us out of slumber, but only skillful efforts keeps us awake. Rebecca Solnit