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.     

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The process of transformation consists mostly of decay.     

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Women often find great roles in revolution, simply because the rules fall apart and everyone has agency, anyone can act.     

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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.     

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Credibility is a basic survival tool.     

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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.     

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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.     

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A lone walker is both present and detached, more than an audience but less than a participant. Walking assuages or legitimizes this alienation.     

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Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.     

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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     

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Every walker is a guard on patrol to protect the ineffable.     

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Walking is a pastime rather than an avocation.     

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A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.     

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The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.      

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The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.     

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People rescue each other. They build shelters and community kitchens and ways to deal with lost children and eventually rebuild one way or another.     

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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.     

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