Footsteps are the individual acts of taking a step, moving one foot and the next when walking; the term also refers to the sounds of footfalls, and to the the mark or impression left by the foot. By extension, it refers to the indications or waypoints of a course or direction taken.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 286.
- The tread
Of coming footsteps cheats the midnight watcher
Who holds her heart and waits to hear them pause,
And hears them never pause, but pass and die.
- George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book III.
- There scatter'd oft the earliest of ye Year
By Hands unseen are showers of Vi'lets found;
The Redbreast loves to build and warble there,
And little Footsteps lightly print the ground.
- Thomas Gray, manuscript of Elegy in a Country Churchyard; corrections made by Gray are "year" for "Spring", "showers" for "frequent", "redbreast" for "robin".
- Vestigia terrent
Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum.
- The footsteps are terrifying, all coming towards you and none going back again.
- Horace, Epigrams, Book I. 1. 74. Quoted Vestigia nulla retrorsum.
- And so to tread
As if the wind, not she, did walk;
Nor prest a flower, nor bow'd a stalk.
- Ben Jonson, Masques, The Vision of Delight.
- Her treading would not bend a blade of grass,
Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!
- Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd.
- A foot more light, a step more true,
Ne'er from the heath-flower dashed the dew.
- Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto I, Stanza 18.
- The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light.
- Steps with a tender foot, light as on air,
The lovely, lordly creature floated on.
- Alfred Tennyson, The Princess (1847), VI, line 72.
- Sed summa sequar fastigia rerum.
- Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne.
- William Wordsworth, Miscellaneous Sonnets, Methought I Saw the Footsteps of a Throne.