Quotations by Walt Whitman

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Born: Monday, May 31, 1819
Died: Saturday, March 26, 1892 (72 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: American


A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Men, Women)

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Books, Metaphysics)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Nature, Business, Politics)

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Candor, Faults, May)

And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Death, Nothing, Will)

And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Man, May, Trade)

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Sympathy)

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
- Walt Whitman

Be curious, not judgmental.
- Walt Whitman

Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Charity)

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
- Walt Whitman

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Light)

Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Freedom)

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Flowers, Garden)

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
(Keywords: Day, Gain, Spirit)

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?
- Walt Whitman

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Style)

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Fortune)

Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Time)

I accept reality and dare not question it.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Question, Reality)

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: God)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Men, Dance, Midnight)

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Journey, Stars)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Time, First, Nothing, Sleep)

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
- Walt Whitman

I exist as I am, that is enough.
- Walt Whitman

I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
- Walt Whitman

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
- Walt Whitman

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
(Keywords: Universe, Years)

I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: God, May)

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Doubt, Enemies, Friends)

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
(Keywords: Art, Democracy, Past, Poems, Schools, Theology)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: God, Mankind)

I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: American, Baseball)

If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Body)

If you done it, it ain't bragging.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Bragging)

In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Confusion, Word)

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: History, Jeopardy, Justice, World)

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Shadows, Will)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Fools, Old)

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Soul)

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Death, Nothing)

Nothing endures but personal qualities.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Earth, Now, Open, Sleep)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Love, Public, Road)

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.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Life, Nothing, Will)

Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: People, Class, Vitality)

Produce great men, the rest follows.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Men, Rest)

Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Soul, Insults)

Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
- Walt Whitman
(Keywords: Feeling, Hearing, Miracles)



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