Walt Whitman Quotes

Inspirational quotes by Walt Whitman

Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheefully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait... And as to you, Life, I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths, (No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.)
Answer That you are here---that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.
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.
Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the argument of the earth, And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own, And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a kelson of the creation is love.
I exist as I am, that is enough.
I send no agent or medium, offer no representative of value,
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
Judging from the main portion of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Do I contradict myself Very well then I contradict myself,
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven.
Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.
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
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.
Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.
If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

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As Vanquish'D Erin
 by Thomas Moore

As vanquish'd Erin wept beside
The Boyne's ill-fated river,
She saw where Discord, in the tide,
Had dropp'd his loaded quiver.
"Lie hid," she cried, "ye venom'd darts,
Where mortal eye may shun you;
Lie hid -- the stain of manly hearts,
That bled for me, is on you."
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