Round a turn of the Qin Fortress winds the Wei River, And Yellow Mountain foot-hills enclose the Court of China; Past the South Gate willows comes the Car of Many Bells On the upper Palace-Garden Road-a solid length of blossom; A Forbidden City roof holds two phoenixes in cloud; The foliage of spring shelters multitudes from rain; And now, when the heavens are propitious for action, Here is our Emperor ready-no wasteful wanderer.
— Wang Wei
Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance - nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city - as one loses oneself in a forest - that calls for a quite different schooling. Then, signboard and street names, passers-by, roofs, kiosks, or bars must speak to the wanderer like a cracking twig under his feet in the forest.
— Walter Benjamin
For the world is broken, sundered, busted down the middle, self ripped from self and man pasted back together as mythical monster, half angel, half beast, but no man...Some day a man will walk into my office as a ghost or beast or ghost-beast and walk out as a man, which is to say sovereign wanderer, lordly exile, worker and waiter and watcher.
— Walker Percy
And, just for good measure, here are a handful of runners up:For now the seventh summer carries you,A wanderer, across the lands and waters.
America is a nation created by all the hopeful wanderers of Europe, not out of geography and genetics, but out of purpose.
— Theodore White
Unless you have suffered and wept, you really don't understand what compassion is, nor can you give comfort to someone who is suffering. If you haven't cried, you can't dry another's eyes. Unless you've walked in darkness, you can't help wanderers find the way. Unless you've looked into the eyes of menacing death and felt its hot breath, you can't help another rise from the dead and taste anew the joy of being alive.
— Takashi Nagai
Vast is the power of cities to reclaim the wanderer.
— Sinclair Lewis
Women's eyes are wanderers, and too often bring home guests that are very troublesome to them, and whom, once introduced, they cannot get out of the house.
— Samuel Richardson
Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.
Pour out wine till I become a wanderer from myself; for in selfhood and existence I have felt only fatigue.
The laws all true wanderers obey are these: 'Thou shalt not eat nor drink more than thy share,' 'Thou shalt not lie about the places thou hast visited or the distances thou hast traversed.
— Rosita Forbes
The actor's life, but also the Australian's life. We're wanderers. We like to walk about - we're curious people. I have felt that since I was a teenager.
— Rose Byrne
The sea-road is good for wanderers and landless men. There is quenching of thirst on the grey paths of the winds, and the flying clouds to still the sting of lost dreams.
— Robert E. Howard
Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.
— Radhanath Swami
If you look at the ox-herding pictures - specifically the newer set of ten pictures rather than the older set of eight - you see that after the blank circle of the void, the cycle comes back to a river flowing by the roots of a tree (both strong symbols of nature, the life-force, the unconscious) and to the wanderer returning to the market place, which is the realm of human society and activity.
— Quentin S. Crisp
The Jews' guilt of the crucifixion of Jesus consigned them to perpetual servitude, and, like Cain, they are to be wanderers and fugitives. The Jews will not dare to raise their necks, bowed under the yoke of perpetual slavery, against the reverence of the Christian faith.
— Pope Innocent III
I have been a wanderer among distant fields. I have sailed down mighty rivers.
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
My mother brought home the accordion in 1942. I was fascinated and wanted to learn to play it. Some of my music has a relationship to dance styles - The Well and the Gentle or The Wanderer for example.
— Pauline Oliveros
O, to bring back the great Homeric time, The simple manners and the deed sublime: When the wise Wanderer, often foiled by Fate, Through the long furrow drave the ploughshare straight.
— Mortimer Collins
I had a wonderful childhood, but I was a wanderer from year one.
— Maureen Forrester
Thou waitest for the spark from heaven! and we, Light half-believers in our casual deeds . . . Who hesitate and falter life away, And lose tomorrow the ground won today- Ah, do not we, Wanderer, await it too?
— Matthew Arnold
A solitary being is by instinct a wanderer.
— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
But there are wanderers o'er Eternity Whose bark drives on and on, and anchor'd ne'er shall be.
— Lord Byron
A good wanderer leaves no trace.
We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another, and no sunrise finds us where left by sunset. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of that tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind to be scattered.
— Khalil Gibran
The only reason a road is good as every wanderer knows / Is just because of the homes, the homes, the homes to which one goes
— Joyce Kilmer
The lonely wanderer, who watches by the seashore the waves that roll between him and his home, talks of cruel facts, material barriers that, just because they are material, and not ideal, shall be the irresistible foes of his longing heart.
— Josiah Royce
May my life be like a great hospitable tree, and may weary wanderers find in me a rest.
— John Henry Jowett
I'm not a wanderer, which is funny because I'm on tour half the time. I'm a home, hearth and family kind of person.
— Joanna Newsom
Beware, O wanderer, the road is walking too.
— Jim Harrison
Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.
— James Thurber
For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.
— James Kavanaugh
Not even for an hour can you bear to be alone, nor can you advantageously apply your leisure time, but you endeavor, a fugitive and wanderer, to escape from yourself, now vainly seeking to banish remorse by wine, and now by sleep; but the gloomy companion presses on you, and pursues you as you fly.
Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. The poem tells me it's no big deal that I'm not like Snow. I can be another thing; I'm meant to be another thing.
— Helen Oyeyemi
O Innocence, with laughing eyes! Thou art a cherub from the skies, A wanderer from heaven.
— Harvey Rice
I sing the joy of wandering and the pleasure of the wanderer's death
— Guillaume Apollinaire
Wanderers, Dublin's oldest rugby club, has been described more than once as the club of the Church and the Army: the wags added"...unfortunately the wrong Church and the wrong Army."
— Gemma Hussey
An exile, ill in heart and frame,-A wanderer, weary of the way;-A stranger, without love's sweet claimOn any heart, go where I may!
— Frances Sargent Osgood
I have been thinking more and more that I shall always be a lone wanderer of the wilderness. God, how the trail lures me. You cannot comprehend its resistless fascination for me. After all, the lone trail is bestI'll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I'll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.
— Everett Ruess
Modern man is a hard driven nomad without any stability, not (as the Bible has it) a wanderer or a pilgrim, but a refugee-an escapist. Instead of meditation and reflection there is only speed, fear and "distraction.
— Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn