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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[edit]

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.
  • 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.
  • Her treading would not bend a blade of grass,
    Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!
  • A foot more light, a step more true,
    Ne'er from the heath-flower dashed the dew.
  • Steps with a tender foot, light as on air,
    The lovely, lordly creature floated on.
  • Sed summa sequar fastigia rerum.
    • But I will trace the footsteps of the chief events.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), I, 342.
  • Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne.

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