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Walt Whitman Quotes


American poet best known for his work Leaves of Grass.
(1819 - 1892)

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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.
[Nature]
 

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.
 

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

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

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

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

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
 

Be curious, not judgmental.
 

Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
[Helping Other People]
 

Camerado, this is no book. Who touches this, touches a man.
[Books]
 

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.
[Character]
 

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
[Consistency]
 

Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
 

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
 

Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.
 

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

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

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.
 

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.
 


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