Antonio Machado

Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz is a Spanish poet, one of those who most poignantly capture the mysterious and deep beauty of the Spanish tierra. His most famous input to the collection of genius strikes is of immediate universal resonance, although, like all truth in its purest form, it does not accept any translation. It is this extract from Campos de Castilla:

caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.

Like all truth in its purest form, it is also a statement that makes sense at many different levels. So while this defines humane's existence and purpose, it is also a popular saying from senderistas and there must be few places in Spain where there lacks a way between two spots and where someone did not utter this beautiful exhortation to go forward.