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Walt Whitman Quote: “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.

— Walt Whitman



Walt Whitman Quote: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large – I contain multitudes.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Peace is always beautiful.”

Peace is always beautiful.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Be curious, not judgmental.”

Be curious, not judgmental.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Resist much, obey little.”

Resist much, obey little.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The question, O me! so sad, recurring – What good amid these, O me, O life? That you are here – that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”

Do anything, but let it produce joy.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “What is that you express in your eyes?  It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”

What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “We were together.  I forget the rest.”

We were together. I forget the rest.

— Walt Whitman



Walt Whitman Quote: “Oh captain my captain.”

Oh captain my captain.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.”

I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him – it cannot fail.”

The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him – it cannot fail.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.”

The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I exist as I am, that is enough.”

I exist as I am, that is enough.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Dismiss whatever insults your soul.”

Dismiss whatever insults your soul.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman



Walt Whitman Quote: “I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.”

I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

I am large, I contain multitudes.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Re examine all you have been told in school and in church Or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul and your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

Re examine all you have been told in school and in church Or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul and your very flesh shall be a great poem.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “All truths wait in all things.”

All truths wait in all things.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “To have great poets,  there must be great audiences.”

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The truth is simple. If it was complicated, everyone would understand it.”

The truth is simple. If it was complicated, everyone would understand it.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals...”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware, I sit content, And if each and all be aware, I sit content.”

I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware, I sit content, And if each and all be aware, I sit content.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.”

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Day by day and night by night we were together – all else has long been forgotten by me.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “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?”

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?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I and this mystery, here we stand.”

I and this mystery, here we stand.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.”

Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “In all people I see myself – none more, and not one a barleycorn less; And the good or bad I say of myself, I say of them.”

In all people I see myself – none more, and not one a barleycorn less; And the good or bad I say of myself, I say of them.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Either define the moment or the moment will define you.”

Either define the moment or the moment will define you.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be.”

Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be.

— Walt Whitman

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