Walt Whitman Quotes
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When I give, I give myself.
Justice is always in jeopardy.
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
Love like the light silently wrapping all.
Strong and content I travel the open road.
The best writing has no lace on its sleeves.
Every hour of the light and dark is a miracle.
If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.
If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.
I never could explain why I love anybody, or anything.
I have perceived that to be with those I like is enough.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences, too.
The dirtiest book in all the world is the expurgated book.
All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game—the American game.
By writing at the instant, the very heartbeat of life is caught.
He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.
I was simmering, simmering, simmering; Emerson brought me to a boil.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments.
Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.
He or she is greatest who contributes the greatest original practical example.
To me every hour of light and dark is a miracle, every inch of space is miracle.
How beautiful is candor! All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large - I contain multitudes.
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, Dismiss whatever insults your own soul.
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women, if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the world.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
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?
Have you not learned great lessons from those who reject you, and brace themselves against you? Or who treat you with contempt, or dispute the passage with you?
Political democracy, as it exists and practically works in America, with all its threatening evils, supplies a training-school for making first-class men. It is life's gymnasium.
Nature is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop'd, I swear to you there ate divine things more beautiful than words can tell.
... 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? Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness — perhaps ignorance, credulity — helps your enjoyment of these things.
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, justice is always in jeopardy, peace walks amid hourly pitfalls, and of slavery, meanness, the craft of tyrants, and the credulity of the populace...no voice can at any time say, "They are not."
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd, I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God.
In old age, lame and sick...I find in this visit to New York, and the daily contact and rapport with its myriad people, on the scale of the oceans and tides, the best, most effective medicine my soul has yet partaken—the grandest physical habitat and surroundings of land and water the globe affords.
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 touch'd from; The scent of these arm-pits, aroma finer than prayer; This head more than churches, bibles, and all the creeds.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on—have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons—the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.
When I give I give myself.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
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?