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Quotes by Walt Whitman

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Wikipedia Summary for Walt Whitman

Walter 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. His work was controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sensuality. Whitman's own life came under scrutiny for his presumed homosexuality.

Born in Huntington on Long Island, as a child and through much of his career he resided in Brooklyn. At age 11, he left formal schooling to go to work. Later, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, and a government clerk. Whitman's major poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money and became well known. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892.

During the American Civil War, he went to Washington, D.C. and worked in hospitals caring for the wounded. His poetry often focused on both loss and healing. On the death of Abraham Lincoln, whom Whitman greatly admired, he wrote his well known poems, "O Captain! My Captain!" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", and gave a series of lectures. After a stroke towards the end of his life, Whitman moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral was a public event.

Whitman's influence on poetry remains strong. Mary Whitall Smith Costelloe argued: "You cannot really understand America without Walt Whitman, without Leaves of Grass ... He has expressed that civilization, 'up to date,' as he would say, and no student of the philosophy of history can do without him." Modernist poet Ezra Pound called Whitman "America's poet ... He is America."

Quote: We were together. I forget the rest. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of brown leaf on asphalt road
Photo Credit: John Noonan

We were together. I forget the rest.


Quote: I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
Photo Credit: Josue Michel

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


I celebrate myself, and sing myself.


Quote: Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
Photo Credit: Logan Easterling

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


Quote: A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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


Quote: Those who love each other shall become invincible. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime
Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao

Those who love each other shall become invincible.


Quote: Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky
Photo Credit: Tyler Lastovich

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


Quote: Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of Walt Whitman quote: Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.- white text on starry pic background

Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.


Quote: Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
Photo Credit: Lawrence Hookham

Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.


Quote: Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of bee on flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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


Quote: Resist much, obey little. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of woman in white and pink floral shirt raising her hands
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

Resist much, obey little.


Quote: And your very flesh shall be a great poem. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open
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And your very flesh shall be a great poem.


Quote: I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of brown grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Tanja Žaria‡

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars, And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the wren, And the tree toad is a chef-d'oeurve for the highest, And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven, And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery, And the cow crunching with depress'd head surpasses any statue, And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels!


Quote: Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour, but this hour. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour, but this hour.


Quote: The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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


Quote: Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt,   Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee,   In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night,   Kindling a fire and broiling the fresh-kill'd game,   Falling asleep on the gather'd leaves with my dog and gun by my side. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of Walt Whitman quote: Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt,   Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee,   In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night,   Kindling a fire and broiling the fresh-kill'd game,   Falling asleep on the gather'd leaves with my dog and gun by my side.- black text on quotes background

Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt, Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee, In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night, Kindling a fire and broiling the fresh-kill'd game, Falling asleep on the gather'd leaves with my dog and gun by my side.


Quote: Seeing, hearing and feeling are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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


Quote: Women sit or move to and fro, some are old, some young. The young are beautiful -- but the old are more beautiful than the young. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Women sit or move to and fro, some are old, some young. The young are beautiful -- but the old are more beautiful than the young.


Quote: Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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


Quote: Women sit, or move to and fro -- some old, some young;   The young are beautiful -- but the old are more beautiful than the   young. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Women sit, or move to and fro -- some old, some young; The young are beautiful -- but the old are more beautiful than the young.


Quote: To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler ... Up! The world (perhaps you now look upon it with pallid and disgusted eyes) is full of zest and beauty for you, if you approach it in the right spirit! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler ... Up! The world (perhaps you now look upon it with pallid and disgusted eyes) is full of zest and beauty for you, if you approach it in the right spirit!


Quote: City of orgies, walks and joys!   City whom that I have lived and sung in your midst will one day make   you illustrious,. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

City of orgies, walks and joys! City whom that I have lived and sung in your midst will one day make you illustrious,.




Quote: With perfect health, there are no low spirits and cannot be. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

With perfect health, there are no low spirits and cannot be.


Quote: O from his masterful sweep, the warning cry of the eagle! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O from his masterful sweep, the warning cry of the eagle!


Quote: The most affluent man is he that confronts all the shows he sees by equivalents out of the stronger wealth of himself. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The most affluent man is he that confronts all the shows he sees by equivalents out of the stronger wealth of himself.


Quote: Agonies are one of my changes of garments;
I do not ask the wounded person how he feels ... I myself become the wounded person, 
My hurt turns livid upon me as I lean on a cane and observe. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Agonies are one of my changes of garments;
I do not ask the wounded person how he feels ... I myself become the wounded person,
My hurt turns livid upon me as I lean on a cane and observe.


Quote: How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!


Quote: Storming, enjoying, planning, loving, cautioning, Backing and filling, appearing and disappearing, I tread day and night such roads. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Storming, enjoying, planning, loving, cautioning, Backing and filling, appearing and disappearing, I tread day and night such roads.


Quote: And these things I see suddenly, what mean they?	 
As if some miracle, some hand divine unseal'd my eyes,	 
Shadowy vast shapes smile through the air and sky,
And on the distant waves sail countless ships,	 
And anthems in new tongues I hear saluting me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

And these things I see suddenly, what mean they?
As if some miracle, some hand divine unseal'd my eyes,
Shadowy vast shapes smile through the air and sky,
And on the distant waves sail countless ships,
And anthems in new tongues I hear saluting me.


Quote: The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.


Quote: Many a good man I have seen go under. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Many a good man I have seen go under.


Quote: O the joy of my spirit -- it is uncaged -- it darts like lightning! It is not enough to have this globe or a certain time, I will have thousands of globes and all time. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O the joy of my spirit -- it is uncaged -- it darts like lightning! It is not enough to have this globe or a certain time, I will have thousands of globes and all time.


Quote: Whoever degrades another degrades me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Whoever degrades another degrades me.


Quote: Come lovely and soothing death, Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving, In the day, in the night, to all, to each, Sooner or later, delicate death. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Come lovely and soothing death, Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving, In the day, in the night, to all, to each, Sooner or later, delicate death.


Quote: We consider bibles and religions divine I do not say they are not divine. I say they have all grown out of you, and may grow out of you still. It is not they who give the life, it is you who give the life. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

We consider bibles and religions divine I do not say they are not divine. I say they have all grown out of you, and may grow out of you still. It is not they who give the life, it is you who give the life.


Quote: I know perfectly well my own egotism,
And know my omnivorous words, and cannot say any less,
And would fetch you whoever you are flush with myself. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I know perfectly well my own egotism,
And know my omnivorous words, and cannot say any less,
And would fetch you whoever you are flush with myself.


Quote: Where on the deck my Captain lies,	 
 Fallen cold and dead. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


Quote: AS I watch'd the ploughman ploughing,
Or the sower sowing in the fields, or the harvester harvesting,
I saw there too, O life and death, your analogies;
(Life, life is the tillage, and Death is the harvest according.). by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

AS I watch'd the ploughman ploughing,
Or the sower sowing in the fields, or the harvester harvesting,
I saw there too, O life and death, your analogies;
(Life, life is the tillage, and Death is the harvest according.).


Quote: Thought Of equality- as if it harm'd me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself- as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Thought Of equality- as if it harm'd me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself- as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.


Quote: I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty.


Quote: Do you guess I have some intricate purpose? Well I have, for the Fourth-month showers have, and the mica on the side of a rock has. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Do you guess I have some intricate purpose? Well I have, for the Fourth-month showers have, and the mica on the side of a rock has.


Quote: Mark the spirit of invention everywhere, thy rapid patents, Thy continual workshops, foundries, risen or rising, See, from their chimneys how the tall flame-fires stream. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Mark the spirit of invention everywhere, thy rapid patents, Thy continual workshops, foundries, risen or rising, See, from their chimneys how the tall flame-fires stream.


Quote: Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless-each of us with his or her right upon the earth. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless-each of us with his or her right upon the earth.


Quote: The known universe has one complete lover and that is the greatest poet. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The known universe has one complete lover and that is the greatest poet.


Quote: What beauty there is in words; what a lurking curious charm in the sound some words. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

What beauty there is in words; what a lurking curious charm in the sound some words.




Quote: A word of the faith that never balks,

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

It alone is without flaw, it alone rounds and completes all,

That mystic baffling wonder alone completes all. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

A word of the faith that never balks,

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

It alone is without flaw, it alone rounds and completes all,

That mystic baffling wonder alone completes all.




Quote: I act as the tongue of you,
... tied in your mouth ... in mine it begins to be loosened. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I act as the tongue of you,
... tied in your mouth ... in mine it begins to be loosened.


Quote: The chief trait of any given poet is always the spirit he brings to the observation of Humanity and Nature--the mood out of which he contemplates his subjects. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The chief trait of any given poet is always the spirit he brings to the observation of Humanity and Nature--the mood out of which he contemplates his subjects.


Quote: I permit to speak at every hazard, 
 Nature without check with original energy. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.


Quote: My spirit has pass'd in compassion and determination around the whole earth. I have look'd for equals and lovers an found them ready for me in all lands, I think some divine rapport has equalized me with them. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

My spirit has pass'd in compassion and determination around the whole earth. I have look'd for equals and lovers an found them ready for me in all lands, I think some divine rapport has equalized me with them.


Quote: And as to you Corpse I think you are good manure, but that does not offend me,
I smell the white roses sweet-scented and growing,
I reach to the leafy lips, I reach to the polish'd breasts of melons. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

And as to you Corpse I think you are good manure, but that does not offend me,
I smell the white roses sweet-scented and growing,
I reach to the leafy lips, I reach to the polish'd breasts of melons.


Quote: My little notebooks were beginnings -- they were the ground into which I dropped the seed... I would work in this way when I was out in the crowds, then put the stuff together at home. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

My little notebooks were beginnings -- they were the ground into which I dropped the seed... I would work in this way when I was out in the crowds, then put the stuff together at home.


Quote: If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.


Quote: O YOU whom I often and silently come where you are, that I may be with you; As I walk by your side, or sit near, or remain in the same room with you, Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O YOU whom I often and silently come where you are, that I may be with you; As I walk by your side, or sit near, or remain in the same room with you, Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me.


Quote: The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged -- keep on -- there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged -- keep on -- there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.


Quote: I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete,

The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete,

The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken.




Quote: There can be no theory of any account unless it corroborate with the theory of the earth. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

There can be no theory of any account unless it corroborate with the theory of the earth.


Quote: I am given up by traitors;
I talk wildly ... I have lost my wits ... I and nobody else am the greatest traitor,
I went myself first to the headland ... my own hands carried me there. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I am given up by traitors;
I talk wildly ... I have lost my wits ... I and nobody else am the greatest traitor,
I went myself first to the headland ... my own hands carried me there.


Quote: I meet new Walt Whitmans everyday. There are a dozen of them afloat. I don't know which Walt Whitman I am. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I meet new Walt Whitmans everyday. There are a dozen of them afloat. I don't know which Walt Whitman I am.


Quote: For America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without;. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

For America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without;.


Quote: Come I should like to hear you tell me what there is in yourself that is not just as wonderful,
And I should like to hear the name of anything between Sunday morning and Saturday night that is not just as wonderful. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Come I should like to hear you tell me what there is in yourself that is not just as wonderful,
And I should like to hear the name of anything between Sunday morning and Saturday night that is not just as wonderful.


Quote: Perhaps the efforts of the true poets, founders, religions, literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times to come, essentially the same -- to bring people back from their present strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless, average, divine, original concrete. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of Walt Whitman quote: Perhaps the efforts of the true poets, founders, religions, literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times to come, essentially the same -- to bring people back from their present strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless, average, divine, original concrete.- black text on quotes background

Perhaps the efforts of the true poets, founders, religions, literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times to come, essentially the same -- to bring people back from their present strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless, average, divine, original concrete.


Quote: Strangle the singers who will not sing you loud and strong. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Strangle the singers who will not sing you loud and strong.




Quote: Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.


Quote: Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden. It has brought me blessed returns. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden. It has brought me blessed returns.


Quote: Now, dearest comrade, lift me to your face,
We must separate awhile
Here! take from my lips this kiss.
Whoever you are, I give it especially to you;
So long! And I hope we shall meet again. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Now, dearest comrade, lift me to your face,
We must separate awhile
Here! take from my lips this kiss.
Whoever you are, I give it especially to you;
So long! And I hope we shall meet again.


Quote: Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep for the dead I loved so well. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep for the dead I loved so well.






Quote: I do not seek good fortune -- I am good fortune! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I do not seek good fortune -- I am good fortune!




Quote: People who serve you without love get even behind your back. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

People who serve you without love get even behind your back.


Quote: So here I sit in the early candle-light of old age-I and my book-casting backward glances over out travel'd road. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

So here I sit in the early candle-light of old age-I and my book-casting backward glances over out travel'd road.


Quote: The truest and greatest Poetry, (while subtly and necessarily always rhythmic, and distinguishable easily enough) can never again, in the English language, be express'd in arbitrary and rhyming metre, any more than the greatest eloquence, or the truest power and passion. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of Walt Whitman quote; white text on black background

The truest and greatest Poetry, (while subtly and necessarily always rhythmic, and distinguishable easily enough) can never again, in the English language, be express'd in arbitrary and rhyming metre, any more than the greatest eloquence, or the truest power and passion.


Quote: Of all mankind the great poet is the equable man. Not in him but off from him things are grotesque or eccentric or fail of their sanity. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Of all mankind the great poet is the equable man. Not in him but off from him things are grotesque or eccentric or fail of their sanity.




Quote: A man is a great thing upon the earth and through eternity; but every jot of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

A man is a great thing upon the earth and through eternity; but every jot of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman.


Quote: I see Hermes, unsuspected, dying, well-beloved, saying to the people, Do not weep for me, This is not my true country, I have lived banished from my true country -- I now go back there, I return to the celestial sphere where every one goes in his turn. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I see Hermes, unsuspected, dying, well-beloved, saying to the people, Do not weep for me, This is not my true country, I have lived banished from my true country -- I now go back there, I return to the celestial sphere where every one goes in his turn.


Quote: A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls.


Quote: All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it.




Quote: Has any one supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Has any one supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.


Quote: The new rule shall rule as the soul rules, and as the love and justice and equality that are in the soul rule. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The new rule shall rule as the soul rules, and as the love and justice and equality that are in the soul rule.


Quote: Somehow I have been stunned. Stand back!
Give me a little time beyond my cuffed head and slumbers
 and dreams and gaping,
I discover myself on the verge of the usual mistake. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Somehow I have been stunned. Stand back!
Give me a little time beyond my cuffed head and slumbers
and dreams and gaping,
I discover myself on the verge of the usual mistake.


Quote: Shut not your doors to me proud libraries. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Shut not your doors to me proud libraries.




Quote: Unscrew the locks from the doors ! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs ! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Unscrew the locks from the doors ! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs !


Quote: I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out.


Quote: There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he looked upon, that object he became. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he looked upon, that object he became.


Quote: Comerado, this is no book,Who touches this, touches a man,(Is it night? Are we here alone?)It is I you hold, and who holds you,I spring from the pages into your arms-decease calls me forth. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Comerado, this is no book,Who touches this, touches a man,(Is it night? Are we here alone?)It is I you hold, and who holds you,I spring from the pages into your arms-decease calls me forth.


Quote: I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love.


Quote: Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost.


Quote: 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. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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.


Quote: O amazement of things-even the least particle! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O amazement of things-even the least particle!


Quote: Long enough have you dream'd contemptible dreams, Now I wash the gum from your eyes, You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Long enough have you dream'd contemptible dreams, Now I wash the gum from your eyes, You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.


Quote: Clear and sweet is my soul, clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Clear and sweet is my soul, clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.


Quote: Are you the new person drawn toward me? by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Are you the new person drawn toward me?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Are you the new person drawn toward me? To begin with, take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose.


Quote: I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contained between my hat and my boots. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contained between my hat and my boots.


Quote: I know I am deathless…We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers, There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I know I am deathless We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers, There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them.


Quote: If you want me again look for me under your boot soles. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.


Quote: Wisdom is not finally tested by the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Wisdom is not finally tested by the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Wisdom is not finally tested in schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof, Applies to all stages and objects and qualities and is content, Is the certainty of the reality and immortality of things, and the excellence of things; Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes it out of the soul.


Quote: I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing.


Quote: Why are there men and women that while they are nigh me the sunlight expands my blood? Why when they leave me do my pennants of joy sink flat and lank? by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Why are there men and women that while they are nigh me the sunlight expands my blood? Why when they leave me do my pennants of joy sink flat and lank?




Quote: Loafe with me on the grass--loose the stop from your throat; Not words, not music or rhyme I want--not custom or lecture, not even the best; Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Loafe with me on the grass--loose the stop from your throat; Not words, not music or rhyme I want--not custom or lecture, not even the best; Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice.


Quote: The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life?
 Answer.
That you are here--that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer.
That you are here--that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.


Quote: The moon gives you light, and the bugles and the drums give you music, and my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The moon gives you light, and the bugles and the drums give you music, and my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love.




Quote: All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. It is not the violins and the cornets-it is not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone singer singing his sweet romanza-nor that of the women's chorus; it is nearer and farther than they. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of Walt Whitman quote: All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. It is not the violins and the cornets-it is not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone singer singing his sweet romanza-nor that of the women's chorus; it is nearer and farther than they.- black text on quotes background

All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. It is not the violins and the cornets-it is not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone singer singing his sweet romanza-nor that of the women's chorus; it is nearer and farther than they.


Quote: Touch me, touch the palm of your hand to my body as I pass, Be not afraid of my body. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Touch me, touch the palm of your hand to my body as I pass, Be not afraid of my body.


Quote: I was in the midst of it all -- saw war where war is worst -- not on the battlefields, no -- in the hospitals ... there I mixed with it: and now I say God damn the wars -- allw ars: God damn every war: God damn 'em! God damn 'em! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I was in the midst of it all -- saw war where war is worst -- not on the battlefields, no -- in the hospitals ... there I mixed with it: and now I say God damn the wars -- allw ars: God damn every war: God damn 'em! God damn 'em!


Quote: Most works are most beautiful without ornament. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Most works are most beautiful without ornament.


Quote: O to be self-balanced for contingencies, to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O to be self-balanced for contingencies, to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.


Quote: When one reaches out to help another he touches the face of God. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

When one reaches out to help another he touches the face of God.


Quote: This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.






Quote: What is commonest and cheapest and nearest and easiest is Me, Me going in for my chances, spending for vast returns, Adorning myself to bestow myself on the first that will take me, Not asking the sky to come down to my goodwill, Scattering if freely forever. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

What is commonest and cheapest and nearest and easiest is Me, Me going in for my chances, spending for vast returns, Adorning myself to bestow myself on the first that will take me, Not asking the sky to come down to my goodwill, Scattering if freely forever.


Quote: There is no God any more divine than Yourself. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

There is no God any more divine than Yourself.


Quote: I keep thinking about you every few minutes all day. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I keep thinking about you every few minutes all day.


Quote: The sum of all known value and respect, I add up in you, whoever you are. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The sum of all known value and respect, I add up in you, whoever you are.


Quote: Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever you are, Buds to be unfolded on the old terms; If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to you; If you become the aliment and the wet, they will become flowers, fruits, tall blanches and trees. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of Walt Whitman quote: Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever you are, Buds to be unfolded on the old terms; If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to you; If you become the aliment and the wet, they will become flowers, fruits, tall blanches and trees.- black text on quotes background

Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever you are, Buds to be unfolded on the old terms; If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to you; If you become the aliment and the wet, they will become flowers, fruits, tall blanches and trees.


Quote: When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd   And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,   I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.


Quote: What stays with you longest and deepest? Of curious panics, of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains? by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

What stays with you longest and deepest? Of curious panics, of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains?


Quote: You will hardly know who I am or what I mean. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean.




Quote: The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less,
it comes or it lags behind,
It comes from its embowered garden
and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less,
it comes or it lags behind,
It comes from its embowered garden
and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world.


Quote: He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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


Quote: There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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


Quote: Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn, A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding; And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn, A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding; And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away.


Quote: Forsake all inhibitions, Pursue thy dreams. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Forsake all inhibitions, Pursue thy dreams.


Quote: Under the specious pretext of effecting 'the happiness of the whole community,' nearly all the wrongs and intrusions of government has been carried through. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Under the specious pretext of effecting 'the happiness of the whole community,' nearly all the wrongs and intrusions of government has been carried through.


Quote: Great is the faith of the flush of knowledge and of the investigation of the depths of qualities and things. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Great is the faith of the flush of knowledge and of the investigation of the depths of qualities and things.


Quote: There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now;
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now;
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.


Quote: That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly wash again and ever again, this soiled world. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly wash again and ever again, this soiled world.


Quote: To drive free, to love free, to court destruction with taunts, to feed the remainder of life with one hour of fullness and freedom -- one brief hour of madness and joy. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

To drive free, to love free, to court destruction with taunts, to feed the remainder of life with one hour of fullness and freedom -- one brief hour of madness and joy.


Quote: This is the city, and I am one of the citizens Whatever interests the rest interests me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

This is the city, and I am one of the citizens Whatever interests the rest interests me.






Quote: All is procession; the universe is a procession with measured and beautiful motion. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

All is procession; the universe is a procession with measured and beautiful motion.


Quote: For we cannot tarry here, We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger, We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

For we cannot tarry here, We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger, We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers!


Quote: Give me solitude, give me Nature, give me again O Nature your primal sanities! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Give me solitude, give me Nature, give me again O Nature your primal sanities!


Quote: The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case, He turns his quid of tobacco, while his eyes blur with the manuscript. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case, He turns his quid of tobacco, while his eyes blur with the manuscript.


Quote: Day full-blown and splendid-day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter, The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and restoring darkness. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Day full-blown and splendid-day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter, The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and restoring darkness.


Quote: To speak in literature with the perfect rectitude and insouciance of the movements of animals and the unimpeachable of the sentiment of trees in the woods and grass by the roadside is the flawless triumph of art. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

To speak in literature with the perfect rectitude and insouciance of the movements of animals and the unimpeachable of the sentiment of trees in the woods and grass by the roadside is the flawless triumph of art.




Quote: Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems, You shall possess the good of the earth and sun.... there are millions of suns left, You shall no longer take things at second or third hand.... nor look through the eyes of the dead.... nor feed on the spectres in books, You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.


Quote: I Think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost . The body sluggish, aged, cold, the ember left from earlier fires shall duly flame again. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I Think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost . The body sluggish, aged, cold, the ember left from earlier fires shall duly flame again.


Quote: I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, But I do not talk of the beginning or the end. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.


Quote: 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? by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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?


Quote: O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,   The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won.


Quote: The past, the future, majesty, love -- if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The past, the future, majesty, love -- if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them.


Quote: The female that loves unrequited sleeps, 
And the male that loves unrequited sleeps, 
The head of the money-maker that plotted all day sleeps, 
And the enraged and treacherous dispositions, all, all sleep. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The female that loves unrequited sleeps,
And the male that loves unrequited sleeps,
The head of the money-maker that plotted all day sleeps,
And the enraged and treacherous dispositions, all, all sleep.






Quote: I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully armed; I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, spiritual, bold, And I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet its translation. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully armed; I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, spiritual, bold, And I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet its translation.


Quote: Expression of speech .. in what is written or said forget not that silence is also expressive,
That anguish as hot as the hottest and contempt as cold as the coldest may be without words,
That the true adoration is likewise without words and without kneeling. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Expression of speech .. in what is written or said forget not that silence is also expressive,
That anguish as hot as the hottest and contempt as cold as the coldest may be without words,
That the true adoration is likewise without words and without kneeling.


Quote: I depart as air .... I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags.
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I depart as air .... I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags.
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.


Quote: Undrape! you are not guilty to me, nor stale nor discarded, 
I see through the broadcloth and gingham whether or no, 
And am around, tenacious, acquisitive, tireless, and cannot be shaken away. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Undrape! you are not guilty to me, nor stale nor discarded,
I see through the broadcloth and gingham whether or no,
And am around, tenacious, acquisitive, tireless, and cannot be shaken away.


Quote: I have said that the soul is not more than the body,
And I have said that the body is not more than the soul,
And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's-self is,. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I have said that the soul is not more than the body,
And I have said that the body is not more than the soul,
And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's-self is,.






Quote: At times it has been doubtful to me if Emerson really knows or feels what Poetry is at its highest, as in the Bible, for instance, or Homer or Shakespeare. I see he covertly or plainly likes best superb verbal polish, or something old or odd. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

At times it has been doubtful to me if Emerson really knows or feels what Poetry is at its highest, as in the Bible, for instance, or Homer or Shakespeare. I see he covertly or plainly likes best superb verbal polish, or something old or odd.


Quote: I inhale great draught of space...the east and west are mine...and the north and south are mine...I am grandeur than I thought...I did not know i held so much goodness. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I inhale great draught of space...the east and west are mine...and the north and south are mine...I am grandeur than I thought...I did not know i held so much goodness.


Quote: I do not snivel that snivel the world over,
That months are vacuums and the ground but wallow and filth,
That life is a suck and a sell, and nothing remains at the end but threadbare crape and tears. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I do not snivel that snivel the world over,
That months are vacuums and the ground but wallow and filth,
That life is a suck and a sell, and nothing remains at the end but threadbare crape and tears.


Quote: O Earth, that hast no voice, confide to me a voice!
O harvest of my lands! O boundless summer growths!
O lavish, brown, parturient earth! O infinite, teeming womb!
A verse to seek, to see, to narrate thee. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O Earth, that hast no voice, confide to me a voice!
O harvest of my lands! O boundless summer growths!
O lavish, brown, parturient earth! O infinite, teeming womb!
A verse to seek, to see, to narrate thee.


Quote: My ties and ballasts leave me -- I travel -- I sail -- My elbows rest in the sea-gaps. I skirt the sierras. My palms cover continents -- I am afoot with my vision. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

My ties and ballasts leave me -- I travel -- I sail -- My elbows rest in the sea-gaps. I skirt the sierras. My palms cover continents -- I am afoot with my vision.




Quote: Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night!
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night!
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night!


Quote: Be not ashamed women, ... You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Be not ashamed women, ... You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.


Quote: To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim -- the rocks -- the motion of the waves -- the ships, with men in them, what stranger miracles are there? by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim -- the rocks -- the motion of the waves -- the ships, with men in them, what stranger miracles are there?


Quote: My words itch at your ears till you understand them. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

My words itch at your ears till you understand them.


Quote: Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

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


Quote: Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.


Quote: I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me.
Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me;	
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me.
Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me;
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me.


Quote: Base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character.


Quote: I see great things in baseball. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I see great things in baseball.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.


Quote: Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful stroke! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful stroke!


Quote: The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night, Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation: The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer, I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night, Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation: The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer, I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky.


Quote: I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.


Quote: Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.


Quote: Either define the moment or the moment will define you. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Either define the moment or the moment will define you.


Quote: Love, that is day and night -- love, that is sun and moon and stars, Love, that is crimson, sumptuous, sick with perfume, no other words but words of love, no other thought but love. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Love, that is day and night -- love, that is sun and moon and stars, Love, that is crimson, sumptuous, sick with perfume, no other words but words of love, no other thought but love.


Quote: Day by day and night by night we were together -- all else has long been forgotten by me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Day by day and night by night we were together -- all else has long been forgotten by me.


Quote: I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.


Quote: This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone 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 ... re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.


Quote: I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.


Quote: All truths wait in all things. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

All truths wait in all things.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All truths wait in all things, They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it.


Quote: I am large, I contain multitudes. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I am large, I contain multitudes.


Quote: Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.


Quote: The road to wisdom is paved with excess. The mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The road to wisdom is paved with excess. The mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange.


Quote: Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.


Quote: Life doesn't give You the people you want, It gives you The people you need: To love you, To hate you, To make you, To break you, And to make you the person you Were meant to be. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Life doesn't give You the people you want, It gives you The people you need: To love you, To hate you, To make you, To break you, And to make you the person you Were meant to be.


Quote: Sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together.




Quote: Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and of any man hearty and clean,
 Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is vile, and none shall be
 less familiar than the rest. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and of any man hearty and clean,
Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is vile, and none shall be
less familiar than the rest.


Quote: And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and
luckier. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and
luckier.


Quote: The narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery.


Quote: A mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

A mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.


Quote: All I mark as my own you shall offset it with your own,
Else it were time lost listening to me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

All I mark as my own you shall offset it with your own,
Else it were time lost listening to me.




Quote: Youth, large, lusty, loving -- Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination? by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Youth, large, lusty, loving -- Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?


Quote: O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.


Quote: Great is Youth -- equally great is Old Age -- great are Day and Night.
Great is Wealth -- great is Poverty -- great is Expression-great is Silence. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Great is Youth -- equally great is Old Age -- great are Day and Night.
Great is Wealth -- great is Poverty -- great is Expression-great is Silence.


Quote: Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough.


Quote: A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
than he. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
than he.


Quote: And I or you pocketless of a dime, may purchase the pick of the earth. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

And I or you pocketless of a dime, may purchase the pick of the earth.


Quote: What a devil art thou, Poverty! How many desires -- how many aspirations after goodness and truth -- how many noble thoughts, loving wishes toward our fellows, beautiful imaginings thou hast crushed under thy heel, without remorse or pause! by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

What a devil art thou, Poverty! How many desires -- how many aspirations after goodness and truth -- how many noble thoughts, loving wishes toward our fellows, beautiful imaginings thou hast crushed under thy heel, without remorse or pause!


Quote: Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest.


Quote: Manhattan streets with their powerful throbs, with beating drums as
now,
The endless and noisy chorus, the rustle and clank of muskets, (even
the sight of the wounded,)
Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus!
Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Manhattan streets with their powerful throbs, with beating drums as
now,
The endless and noisy chorus, the rustle and clank of muskets, (even
the sight of the wounded,)
Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus!
Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me.


Quote: The real war will never get in the books. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

The real war will never get in the books.


Quote: Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books.


Quote: I think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost . by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost .


Quote: There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man's bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man's bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die.


Quote: Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.


Quote: God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards.


Quote: I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean
But I shall be good health to you nonetheless
And filter and fibre your blood. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean
But I shall be good health to you nonetheless
And filter and fibre your blood.


Quote: I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, 
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.


Quote: I tramp a perpetual journey. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I tramp a perpetual journey.


Quote: This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, 
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best. 
Night, sleep, and the stars. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
Night, sleep, and the stars.


Quote: You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin , or even vagueness -- ignorance, credulity -- helps your enjoyment of these things. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin , or even vagueness -- ignorance, credulity -- helps your enjoyment of these things.


Quote: To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.


Quote: Every cubic inch of space is a miracle. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.


Quote: I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.


Quote: Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere -- on water and land.


Quote: In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of photo of author Walt Whitman with quote