Quotes by Walt Whitman

quotes by Walt Whitman

Best 470 Quotes by Walt Whitman

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“ Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ”

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“ Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. ”

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“ The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. ”

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“ There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. ”

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“ To have great poets, there must be great audiences. ”

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“ There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. ”

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“ Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. ”

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“ A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. ”

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“ Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself. ”

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“ The future is no more uncertain than the present. ”

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“ To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. ”

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“ If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. ”

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“ To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all. ”

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“ And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud. ”

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“ A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. ”

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“ The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. ”

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“ The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. ”

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“ I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God - I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least. ”

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“ And your very flesh shall be a great poem. ”

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“ The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws. ”

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“ O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself. ”

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“ After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains. ”

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“ I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. ”

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“ Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. ”

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“ And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death. ”

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“ Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you? ”

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“ The beautiful uncut hair of graves. ”

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“ And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero. ”

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“ I accept reality and dare not question it. ”

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“ Nothing endures but personal qualities. ”

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“ Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people. ”

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“ Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. ”

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“ Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. ”

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“ poor boy! I never knew you, Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that would save you ”

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“ not one escaped to tell the fall of Alamo,The hundred & fifty are dumb yet at Alamo. ”

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“ Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.[Give me the splendid silent sun] ”

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“ WE two boys together clinging,One the other never leaving,Up and down the roads going, North and South excursions making,Power enjoying, elbows stretching, fingers clutching,Arm'd and fearless, eating, drinking, sleeping, loving.No law less than ourselves owning, sailing, soldiering, thieving,threatening,Misers, menials, priests alarming, air breathing, water drinking, onthe turf or the sea-beach dancing,Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feeblenesschasing,Fulfilling our foray. ”

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“ Of all sad words, of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been.' Let's add this thought, unto this verse: 'It might have been a great deal worse." ”

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“ Touch me, touch the palm of your hand to my body as I pass,Be not afraid of my body." ”

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“ The most affluent man is he that confronts all the shows he sees by equivalents out of the stronger wealth of himself. ”

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“ Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others... And your very flesh shall be a great poem. ”

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“ The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people. ”

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“ I think I could always live with animals. The more you're around people, the more you love animals. ”

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“ I believe in the flesh and the appetites, Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touched from, The scent of these armpits aroma finer than prayer, This head more than churches, bibles, and all the creeds. ”

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“ The work for giants...to serve well the guns! ”

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“ I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep. ”

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“ My ties and ballasts leave me - I travel - I sail - My elbows rest in the sea-gaps. I skirt the sierras. My palms cover continents - I am afoot with my vision. ”

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“ All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. It is not the violins and the cornets-it is not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone singer singing his sweet romanza-nor that of the women's chorus; it is nearer and farther than they. ”

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“ Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. ”

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“ People who serve you without love get even behind your back. ”

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“ I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. ”

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“ Human bodies are words, myriads of words, (In the best poems re-appears the body, man's or woman's, well-shaped, natural, gay, Every part able, active, receptive, without shame or the need of shame.) ”

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“ Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed. ”

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“ I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones. ”

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“ There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man's bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die. ”

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“ If you done it, it ain't bragging. ”

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“ We all have great things on our bucket lists like skydiving, seeing the Northern Lights etc, but what about simply falling in love? Isn't that the most amazing thing we can do? ”

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“ Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden. It has brought me blessed returns. ”

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“ So here I sit in the early candle-light of old age-I and my book-casting backward glances over out travel'd road. ”

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“ All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. ”

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“ O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done. ”

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“ I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear. ”

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“ Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour. ”

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“ A perfect writer would make words sing, dance, kiss, do the male and female act, bear children, weep, bleed, rage, stab, steal, fire cannon, steer ships, sack cities, charge with cavalry or infantry, or do anything that man or woman or the natural powers can do. ”

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“ The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. ”

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“ Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul. ”

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“ I open my scuttle at night and see the far-sprinkled systems, All all I see multiplied as high as I can cipher edge but the rim of the farther systems. Wider and wider they spread, expanding, always expanding, Outward and outward and forever outward. ”

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“ A Song of the good green grass! A song no more of the city streets; A song of farms - a song of the soil of fields. A song with the smell of sun-dried hay, where the nimble pitchers handle the pitch-fork; A song tasting of new wheat, and of fresh-husk'd maize. ”

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“ Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all. ”

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“ Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me. ”

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“ The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very well where they are, I know they suffice for those who belong to them. ”

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“ Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. ”

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“ We convince by our presence. ”

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“ Lo! body and soul!--this land! Mighty Manhattan, with spires, and The sparkling and hurrying tides, and the ships; The varied and ample land,--the South And the North in the light--Ohio's shores, and flashing Missouri, And ever the far-spreading prairies, covered with grass and corn. ”

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“ Be curious, not judgmental. ”

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“ An electric chain seems to vibrate, as it were, between our brain and him or her preserved there [in a Daguerreotype] so well by the limner's cunning. Time, space, both are annihilated, and we identify the semblance with the reality. ”

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“ O the joy of my spirit - it is uncaged - it darts like lightning! ”

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“ Day by day and night by night we were together - all else has long been forgotten by me. ”

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“ ...of two simple men I saw today on the pier in the midst of the crowd, parting the parting of dear friends, the one to remain hung on the other's neck and passionately kissed him. While the one to depart tightly pressed the one to remain in his arms. ”

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“ If you want me again look for me under your boot soles. ”

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“ I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time. ”

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“ Either define the moment or the moment will define you. ”

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“ Whoever degrades another degrades me. ”

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“ I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election. ”

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“ I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men, I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers. ”

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“ This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals... ”

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“ Youth, large, lusty, loving -- Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination? ”

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“ Thought Of equality- as if it harm'd me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself- as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same. ”

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“ Old age: The estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours into the Great Sea. ”

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“ Sail Forth- Steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring. I with thee and thou with me. For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared go. And we will risk the ship, ourselves, and all. ”

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“ Simplicity is the glory of expression. ”

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“ Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn, A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding; And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away. ”

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“ O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life? ”

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“ Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable crowd is gathered, it is the fourth of Seventh-month, (what salutes of cannon and small arms! ”

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“ Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you. ”

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“ Now understand me well. It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary. ”

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“ Out of every fruition of success, no matter what, comes forth something to make a new effort necessary. ”

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“ The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night, Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation: The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer, I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky. ”

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“ this is thy hour o soul, thy free flight into the wordless, away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done, thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best, night, sleep, death and the stars. ”

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“ Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. ”

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“ The question, O me! so sad, recurring - What good amid these, O me, O life? That you are here - that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. ”

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“ The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. ”

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“ Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. ”

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“ I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. ”

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“ Silence? What can New York-noisy, roaring, rumbling, tumbling, bustling, story, turbulent New York-have to do with silence? Amid the universal clatter, the incessant din of business, the all swallowing vortex of the great money whirlpool-who has any, even distant, idea of the profound repose......of silence? ”

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“ There's a man in the world who is never turned down, whatever he chances to stray; he gets the glad hand in the populous town, or out where the farmers makes hay; he's greeted with pleasure on deserts of sand, and deep in the aisles of the woods; wherever he goes there's a welcoming hand-he's the man who delivers the goods. ”

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“ By writing at the instant, the very heartbeat of life is caught. ”

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“ I see Hermes, unsuspected, dying, well-beloved, saying to the people, "Do not weep for me, This is not my true country, I have lived banished from my true country - I now go back there, I return to the celestial sphere where every one goes in his turn." ”

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“ Everybody is writing, writing, writing - worst of all, writing poetry. It'd be better if the whole tribe of the scribblers - every damned one of us - were sent off somewhere with tool chests to do some honest work. ”

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“ From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines. ”

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“ There was never any more inception than there is now, Nor any more youth or age than there is now; And will never be any more perfection than there is now, Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now. ”

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“ The eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part of human institutions. ”

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“ A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls. ”

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“ To speak in literature with the perfect rectitude and insouciance of the movements of animals and the unimpeachable of the sentiment of trees in the woods and grass by the roadside is the flawless triumph of art. ”

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“ Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between people, and their beliefs - in religion, literature, colleges and schools- democracy in all public and private life... ”

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“ The best writing has no lace on its sleeves. ”

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“ The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less, it comes or it lags behind, It comes from its embowered garden and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world. ”

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“ Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose. Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune. Henceforth, I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. ”

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“ Exact science and its practical movements are no checks on the greatest poet, but always his encouragement and support ... The sailor and traveller, the anatomist, chemist, astronomer, geologist, phrenologist, spiritualist, mathematician, historian and lexicographer are not poets, but they are the lawgivers of poets and their construction underlies the structure of every perfect poem. ”

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“ Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land. ”

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“ In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash'd palings, Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green, with many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love, With every leaf a miracle - and from this bush in the dooryard, With delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green, A sprig with its flower I break. ”

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“ Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless-each of us with his or her right upon the earth. ”

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“ There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe. ”

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“ O magnet-South! O glistening perfumed South! My South! O quick mettle, rich blood, impulse and love! Good and evil! O all dear to me! ”

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“ Out of the cradle endlessly rocking, Out of the mocking bird's throat, the musical shuttle, . . . . A reminiscence sing. ”

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“ A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking, Yet all were lacking if sex were lacking, or if the moisture of the right man were lacking. ”

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“ Love, that is day and night - love, that is sun and moon and stars, Love, that is crimson, sumptuous, sick with perfume, no other words but words of love, no other thought but love. ”

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“ O joy of suffering! To struggle against great odds! to meet enemies undaunted! To be entirely alone with them! to find how much one can stand! To look strife, torture, prison, popular odium, death, face to face! To mount the scaffold! to advance to the muzzles of guns with perfect nonchalance! To be indeed a God! ”

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“ The moon gives you light, and the bugles and the drums give you music, and my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. ”

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“ As to scenery (giving my own thought and feeling), while I know the standard claim is that Yosemite, Niagara Falls, the Upper Yellowstone and the like afford the greatest natural shows, I am not so sure but the prairies and plains, while less stunning at first sight, last longer, fill the esthetic sense fuller, precede all the rest, and make North America's characteristic landscape. ”

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“ I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone, I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again, I am to see to it that I do not lose you. ”

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“ Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night! Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars! Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night! ”

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“ Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? ”

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“ I speak the password primeval; I give the sign of democracy. ”

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“ All the past we leave behind; We debouch upon a newer, mightier world, varied world, Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march, Pioneers! O Pioneers! ”

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“ For we cannot tarry here, We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger, We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers! ”

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“ I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long. ”

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“ The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case, He turns his quid of tobacco, while his eyes blur with the manuscript. ”

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“ O to be self-balanced for contingencies, to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do. ”

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“ Roaming in thought over the Universe, I saw the little that is Good steadily hastening towards immortality, And the vast all that is called Evil I saw hastening to merge itself and become lost and dead. ”

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“ I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world. ”

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“ You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side...The Bending forward and backward of the rowers... ”

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“ The purpose of democracy - supplanting old belief in the necessary absoluteness of establish'd dynastic rulership, temporal, ecclesiastical, and scholastic, as furnishing the only security against chaos, crime, and ignorance - is, through many transmigrations, and amid endless ridicules, arguments, and ostensible failures ”

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“ Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary, Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest, Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next, Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it. ”

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“ All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. ”

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“ Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul. ”

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“ I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.All seems beautiful to me.Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me; Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me. ”

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“ A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any morethan he. ”

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“ I have learned that to be with those I like is enough ”

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“ I exist as I am, that is enough,If no other in the world be aware I sit content,And if each and all be aware I sit content.One world is aware, and by the far the largest to me, and that is myself. ”

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“ Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough. ”

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“ I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. ”

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“ I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I loveIf you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.You will hardly know who I am or what I meanBut I shall be good health to you nonethelessAnd filter and fibre your blood. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I know perfectly well my own egotism,And know my omnivorous words, and cannot say any less,And would fetch you whoever you are flush with myself. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I act as the tongue of you,... tied in your mouth . . . . in mine it begins to be loosened. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ We were together. I forget the rest. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ TO the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little, Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever after-ward resumes its liberty. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me~? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And I or you pocketless of a dime, may purchase the pick of the earth. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Why should I be afraid to trust myself to you? I am not afraid, I have been well brought forward by you... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The untold want, by life and land ne'er granted,Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I tramp a perpetual journey. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Whoever you are, motion and reflection are especially for you, The divine ship sails the divine sea for you. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag, Enclosed and safe within its central heart, Nestles the seed of perfection. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky are for religion's sake. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The real war will never get in the books. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Long have you timidly waded Holding a plank by the shore, Now I will you to be a bold swimmer, To jump off in the midst of the sea, Rise again, nod to me, shout, And laughingly dash with your hair. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To drive free, to love free, to court destruction with taunts, to feed the remainder of life with one hour of fullness and freedom - one brief hour of madness and joy. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I keep thinking about you every few minutes all day. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The female that loves unrequited sleeps, And the male that loves unrequited sleeps, The head of the money-maker that plotted all day sleeps, And the enraged and treacherous dispositions, all, all sleep. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin , or even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The sum of all known value and respect, I add up in you, whoever you are. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Smile O voluptuous coolbreathed earth! Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees! Earth of departed sunset! Earth of the mountains misty-topt! Earth of the vitreous pour of the full moon just tinged with blue! Earth of shine and dark mottling the tide of the river! Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for my sake! Far-swooping elbowed earth! Rich apple-blossomed earth! Smile, for your lover comes! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever you are, Buds to be unfolded on the old terms; If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to you; If you become the aliment and the wet, they will become flowers, fruits, tall blanches and trees. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If there were nothing else of Abraham Lincoln for history to stamp him with, it is enough to send him with his wreath to the memory of all future time, that he endured that hour, that day, bitterer than gall - indeed a crucifixion day - that it did not conquer him - that he unflinchingly stemmed it, and resolved to lift himself and the Union out of it. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O YOU whom I often and silently come where you are, that I may be with you; As I walk by your side, or sit near, or remain in the same room with you, Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Freedom - to walk free and own no superior. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A man can be a hero in any profession ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A man is a great thing upon the earth and through eternity; but every jot of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A murmuring, fateful, giant voice, out of the earth and sky, Voice of a mighty dying tree in the Redwood forest dense.... [T]he wood-spirits came from their haunts of a thousand years, to join the refrain; But in my soul I plainly heard. Murmuring out of its myriad leaves, Down from its lofty top, rising two hundred feet high, Out of its stalwart trunk and limbsΒ—out of its foot-thick bark, That chant of the seasons and timeΒ—chant, not of the past only, but of the future... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A simple separate person is not contained between his hat and his boots. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A word of the faith that never balks, Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely. It alone is without flaw, it alone rounds and completes all, That mystic baffling wonder alone completes all. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Agonies are one of my changes of garments. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Ah little recks the laborer, How near his work is holding him to God, The loving Laborer through space and time ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it; ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All is procession; the universe is a procession with measured and beautiful motion. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All music is is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All the things of the universe are perfect miracles, each as profound as any. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All truths wait in all things, They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it, They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon, The insignificant is as big to me as any, (What is less or more than a touch)... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Americans should know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for traveling souls. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ An individual is as superb as a nation when he has the qualities which make a superb nation. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And a summit and flower there is the feeling they have for each other, And they are to branch boundlessly out of that lesson until it becomes omnific, And until one and all shall delight us, and we them. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And as to you Death, and you bitter hug of mortality, it is idle to try to alarm me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And I will show of male and female that either is but the equal of the other. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Are you the new person drawn toward me? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ As for me, I know nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, Or stand under the trees in the woods, Or talk by day with any one I love, Or sleep in bed at night with any one I love, Or watch honey bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon... Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, Or of stars shining so quiet and bright, Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring... What stranger miracles are there? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ As soon as histories are properly told there is no more need of romances. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ At times it has been doubtful to me if Emerson really knows or feels what Poetry is at its highest, as in the Bible, for instance, or Homer or Shakspeare. I see he covertly or plainly likes best superb verbal polish, or something old or odd ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Be not ashamed women, ... You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Be not dishearten'd -- Affection shall solve the problems of Freedom yet; Those who love each other shall become invincible. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost; ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Books are to be called for and supplied on the assumption that the process of reading is not a half-sleep, but in the highest sense an exercise, a gymnastic struggle; that the reader is to do something for himself. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But the people are ungrammatical, untidy, and their sins gaunt and ill-bred. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But where is what I started for so long ago? And why is it yet unfound? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Charity and personal force are the only investments worth anything. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Clear and sweet is my soul, clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Come lovely and soothing death, Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving, In the day, in the night, to all, to each, Sooner or later, delicate death. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Comerado, this is no book,Who touches this, touches a man,(Is it night? Are we here alone?)It is I you hold, and who holds you,I spring from the pages into your arms-decease calls me forth. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep for the dead I loved so well. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Copulation is no more foul to me than death is. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Day full-blown and splendid-day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter, The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and restoring darkness. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Dazzling and tremendous how quick the sun-rise would kill me, if I could not now and always send sun-rise out of me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Dearest comrades, all is over and long gone, But love is not over... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Dismiss whatever insults your soul. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Do anything, but let it produce joy. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Do you guess I have some intricate purpose? Well I have, for the Fourth-month showers have, and the mica on the side of a rock has. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Do you see O my brothers and sisters? It is not chaos or death, it is form, union, plan, it is eternal life, it is happiness. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Every cubic inch of space is a miracle. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Every hour of every day is an unspeakably perfect miracle. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ For all these new and evolutionary facts, meanings, purposes, new poetic messages, new forms and expressions, are inevitable. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Forsake all inhibitions, Pursue thy dreams. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ From this hour, freedom! Going where I like, my own master... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Give me solitude, give me Nature, give me again O Nature your primal sanities! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Give me such shows - give me the streets of Manhattan! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Great is the faith of the flush of knowledge and of the investigation of the depths of qualities and things. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Great is Youth--equally great is Old Age--great are Day and Night. Great is Wealth--great is Poverty--great is Expression-great is Silence. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her that it is just as lucky to die, and I know it. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Have you not learned the most in your life from those with whom you disagreed - those who saw it differently from you? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Have you reckon'd a thousand acres much? have you reckon'd the earth much? Have you practis'd so long to learn to read? Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, Strong and content I travel the open road. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Here is not merely a nation but a teeming nation of nations. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more than all my other poems ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am an acme of things accomplished, and I am an encloser of things to be. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am large, I contain multitudes ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am not contain'd between my hat and boots. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise, Regardless of others, ever regardful of others, Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man, Stuffed with the stuff that is course, and stuffed with the stuff that is fine ... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am the man, I suffered, I was there. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am the poet of the woman the same as the man, And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man, And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of a man. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am too not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I and this mystery, here we stand. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully armed; I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, spiritual, bold, And I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet its translation. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I cannot too often repeat that Democracy is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonance and the many angry tempests out of which its syllables have come, from pen or tongue. It is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten because that history has yet to be enacted. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I dance with the dancers. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I do not doubt but the majest and beauty of the world are latent in any iota of the world; I do not doubt there is far more in trivialities, insects, vulgar persons, slaves, dwarfs, weeds, rejected refuse than I have supposed. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I do not seek good fortune - I am good fortune! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I do not think seventy years is the time of a man or woman, Nor that seventy millions of years is the time of a man or woman, Nor that years will ever stop the existence of me, or any one else. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I dote on myself. There is a lot of me and all so luscious. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I dream in my dreams all the dreams of the other dreamers. And I become the other dreamers. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I dreamed in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth; I dreamed that was the new City of Friends; Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust loveΒ—it led the rest; It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city, And in all their looks and words. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign'd by God's name.... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I hate commas in the wrong places. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, But I do not talk of the beginning or the end. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I have no mockings or arguments; I witness and wait. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I have perceiv'd that to be with those I like is enough, To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough, To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough, To pass among them, or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly round his or her neck for a momentΒ—what is this, then? I do not ask any more delightΒ—I swim in it, as in a sea. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I have said that the soul is not more than the body, And I have said that the body is not more than the soul, And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's-self is, ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I have sometimes thought that the laws ought not to punish those actions of evil which are committed when the senses are steeped in intoxication. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all? ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I henceforth tread the world, chaste, temperate, an early riser, a steady grower. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I inhale great draught of space...the east and west are mine...and the north and south are mine...I am grandeur than I thought...I did not know i held so much goodness. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I lean and loaf at my ease... observing a spear of summer grass. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I like the scientific spirit-the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine-it always keeps the way beyond open. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I loafe and invite my soul. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I love doctors and hate their medicine. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I meet new Walt Whitmans everyday. There are a dozen of them afloat. I don't know which Walt Whitman I am. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I mind how once we lay such a transparent summer morning, How you settled your head athwart my hips and gently turn'd over upon me, And parted the shirt from my bosom-bone, and plunged your tongue to my bare-stript heart, And reach'd till you felt my beard, and reach'd till you held my feet. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contained between my hat and my boots, ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I permit to speak at every hazard, Nature without check with original energy ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I refuse putting from me the best that I am. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them, And the white skeletons of young men-I saw them; I saw the debris and debris of all the dead soldiers of the war; But I saw they were not as was thought; They themselves were fully at rest-they suffer'd not; The living remain'd and suffer'd-the mother suffer'd, And the wife and the child, and the musing comrade suffer'd, And the armies that remain'd suffer'd. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I say no body of men are fit to make Presidents, judges and generals, unless they themselves supply the best specimens of the same; and that supplying one or two such specimens illuminates the whole body for a thousand years. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I say you shall yet find the friend you were looking for. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I see behind each mask that wonder a kindred soul ... ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I see that I am to wait for what will be exhibited by death. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I see the President almost every day. I see very plainly Abraham Lincoln's dark brown face with its deep-cut lines, the eyes always to me with a deep latent sadness in the expression. None of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, though subtle and indirect expression of this man's face. There is something else there. One of the great portrait painters of two or three centuries ago is needed. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I sing the body that is electric! I celebrate the Self yet to be unveiled! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I swear I think there is nothing but immortality! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I swear I will never henceforth have to do with the faith that tells the best! I will have to do only with that faith that leaves the best untold. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete, The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen, And accrue what I hear into myself...and let sound contribute toward me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost . ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I was in the midst of it all - saw war where war is worst - not on the battlefields, no - in the hospitals ... there I mixed with it: and now I say God damn the wars - allw ars: God damn every war: God damn 'em! God damn 'em! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I will not descend among professors and capitalists. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I will sleep no more but arise, You oceans that have been calm within me! how I feel you, fathomless, stirring, preparing unprecedented waves and storms. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I will You, in all, Myself, with promise to never desert you, To which I sign my name. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If the United States haven't grown poets, on any scale of grandeur, it is certain that they import, print, and read more poetry than any equal number of people elsewhere -- probably more than the rest of the world combined. Poetry (like a grand personality) is a growth of many generations -- many rare combinations. To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In all people I see myself - none more, and not one a barleycorn less; And the good or bad I say of myself, I say of them. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In nothing is there more evolution than the American mind. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In the faces of men and women, I see God. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is a beautiful truth that all men contain something of the artist in them. And perhaps it is the case that the greatest artists live and die, the world and themselves alike ignorant what they possess. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is only the novice in political economy who thinks it is the duty of government to make its citizens happy - government has no such office. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Joy, shipmate, joy! (Pleased to my soul at death I cry), Our life is closed, our life begins, The long, long anchorage we leave, The ship is clear at last, she leaps! She swiftly courses from the shore, Joy, shipmate, joy! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Liberty is to be subserved, whatever occurs. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Life doesn't give You the people you want, It gives you The people you need: To love you, To hate you, To make you, To break you, And to make you the person you Were meant to be. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Lo, the most excellent sun so calm and haughty, The violet and purple morn with just-felt breezes, The gentle soft-born measureless light, The miracle spreading bathing all, the fulfill'd noon, The coming eve delicious, the welcome night and the stars, Over my cities shining all, enveloping man and land. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Loafe with me on the grassΒ—loose the stop from your throat; Not words, not music or rhyme I wantΒ—not custom or lecture, not even the best; Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Long and long has the grass been growing, Long and long has the rain been falling, Long has the globe been rolling round. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Long enough have you dream'd contemptible dreams, Now I wash the gum from your eyes, You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Man is about the same, in the main, whether with despotism, or whether with freedom. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus! Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Manhattan streets with their powerful throbs, with beating drums as now, The endless and noisy chorus, the rustle and clank of muskets, (even the sight of the wounded,) Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus! Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Many a good man I have seen go under. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Me imperturbe, standing at ease in nature. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ More and more too, the old name absorbs into me. Mannahatta, 'the place encircled by many swift tides and sparkling waters.' How fit a name for America's great democratic island city! The word itself, how beautiful! how aboriginal! how it seems to rise with tall spires, glistening in sunshine, with such New World atmosphere, vista and action! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Most works are most beautiful without ornament. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My call is the call of battle- I nourish active rebellion;/ He going with me must go well armed. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My little notebooks were beginnings - they were the ground into which I dropped the seed... I would work in this way when I was out in the crowds, then put the stuff together at home. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My rule has been, so far as I could have any rule (I could have no cast-iron rule) - my rule has been, to write what I have to say the best way I can - then lay it aside - taking it up again after some time and reading it afresh - the mind new to it. If there's no jar in the new reading, well and good - that's sufficient for me. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My spirit has pass'd in compassion and determination around the whole earth. I have look'd for equals and lovers an found them ready for me in all lands, I think some divine rapport has equalized me with them ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My words itch at your ears till you understand them ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ NOT I - NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Note, to-day, an instructive, curious spectacle and conflict. Science, (twin, in its fields, of Democracy in its)Β—Science, testing absolutely all thoughts, all works, has already burst well upon the worldΒ—a sun, mounting, most illuminating, most gloriousΒ—surely never again to set. But against it, deeply entrench'd, holding possession, yet remains, (not only through the churches and schools, but by imaginative literature, and unregenerate poetry,) the fossil theology of the mythic-materialistic, superstitious, untaught and credulous, fable-loving, primitive ages of humanity. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now I see that there is no such thing as love unreturn'd. The pay is certain, one way or another. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now I will do nothing but listen to accrue what I hear into this song. To let sounds contribute toward it. I hear the sound I love. The sound of the human voice. I hear all sounds running together. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now, dearest comrade, lift me to your face, We must separate awhileHere! take from my lips this kiss. Whoever you are, I give it especially to you; So long!And I hope we shall meet again. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find." ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O amazement of things-even the least particle! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O America! Because you build for mankind I build for you. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done, / The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O Earth, that hast no voice, confide to me a voice! O harvest of my lands! O boundless summer growths! O lavish, brown, parturient earth! O infinite, teeming womb! A verse to seek, to see, to narrate thee. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O lands! O all so dear to me - what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last! ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Of all mankind the great poet is the equable man. Not in him but off from him things are grotesque or eccentric or fail of their sanity. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Oh captain my captain ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth ever afterward resumes its liberty. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Once I passed through a populous city imprinting my brain for future use with its shows, architecture, customs, traditions, Yet now of all that city I remember only a woman I Casually met there who detained me for love of me, Day by day and night by night we were togetherΒ—all else Has long been forgotten by me, I remember I say only that woman who passionately clung To me, Again we wander, we love, we separate again, Again she holds me by the hand, I must not go, I see her close beside me with silent lips sad and tremulous. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Only themselves understand themselves and the like of themselves, As souls only understand souls. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Our leading men are not of much account and never have been, but the average of the people is immense, beyond all history. Sometimes I think in all departments, literature and art included, that will be the way our superiority will exhibit itself. We will not have great individuals or great leaders, but a great average bulk, unprecedentedly great. ”

Walt Whitman (Source: SoberSides.com)