Walt Whitman - Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simplicity is the glory of expression. ---->>>

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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. ---->>>

Be curious, not judgmental. ---->>>

The future is no more uncertain than the present.

The future is no more uncertain than the present.

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. ---->>>

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

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. ---->>>

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

When I give I give myself.

When I give I give myself.

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.

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.

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

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? ---->>>

I exist as I am, that is enough. ---->>>

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

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

A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

If you done it, it ain't bragging. ---->>>

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? ---->>>

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

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

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

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.

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.

And your very flesh shall be a great poem. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. ---->>>

I accept reality and dare not question it. ---->>>

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. ---->>>

We convince by our presence.

We convince by our presence.

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. ---->>>

Produce great men, the rest follows. ---->>>

The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself. ---->>>

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

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

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.

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.

Nothing endures but personal qualities. ---->>>

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

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.

Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher. ---->>>

The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. ---->>>

Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. ---->>>

And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death. ---->>>

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

The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it. ---->>>

The real war will never get in the books.

The real war will never get in the books.

The beautiful uncut hair of graves. ---->>>

The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything. ---->>>

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

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

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? ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: May 31, 1819
Birthplace:
Die: March 26, 1892
Occupation: Poet
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Walter "Walt" Whitman (; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse (wikipedia)