Walt Whitman

1819 - 1892

A Quote by Walt Whitman

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body....

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Source: Leaves of Grass

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A Quote by Walt Whitman

O the joy of manly self-hood! To be servile to none, to defer to none, not to any tyrant, known our unknown. To walk with erect carraige, a step springy and elastic. To look with calm gaze or with aflashing eye, To speak with a full and sonorous voice out of a broad chest. To confront with your personality all the other personalities of the earth.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on god, men, men and women, and women

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

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on nature

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Me imperturbe, standing at ease in nature.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on death, enemies, god, joy, popularity, struggle, and suffering

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!

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on certainty, children, day, pity, and wonder

There was a child went forth everyday, And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or dread, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day... or for many years or stretching cycles of years...

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Source: There Was a Child Went Forth, in Leaves of Grass

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on colors, heart, love, and miracles

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.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Source: Leaves of Grass, 1865

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on chance, pleasure, and world

There's a man in the world who is never turned down, wherever he chances to stray; he gets the glad hand in the populous town, or out where the farmers make 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.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on books and war

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The real war will never get in the books.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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