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Walt Whitman Quote: “I open my scuttle at night and see the far-sprinkled systems, All all I see multiplied as high as I can cipher edge but the rim of the farther systems. Wider and wider they spread, expanding, always expanding, Outward and outward and forever outward.”

I open my scuttle at night and see the far-sprinkled systems, All all I see multiplied as high as I can cipher edge but the rim of the farther systems. Wider and wider they spread, expanding, always expanding, Outward and outward and forever outward.

— Walt Whitman



Walt Whitman Quote: “Great is the faith of the flush of knowledge and of the investigation of the depths of qualities and things.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Long have you timidly waded Holding a plank by the shore, Now I will you to be a bold swimmer, To jump off in the midst of the sea, Rise again, nod to me, shout, And laughingly dash with your hair.”

Long have you timidly waded Holding a plank by the shore, Now I will you to be a bold swimmer, To jump off in the midst of the sea, Rise again, nod to me, shout, And laughingly dash with your hair.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.”

I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election.”

I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking, Yet all were lacking if sex were lacking, or if the moisture of the right man were lacking.”

A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking, Yet all were lacking if sex were lacking, or if the moisture of the right man were lacking.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Clear and sweet is my soul, clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “An individual is as superb as a nation when he has the qualities which make a superb nation.”

An individual is as superb as a nation when he has the qualities which make a superb nation.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Dearest comrades, all is over and long gone, But love is not over...”

Dearest comrades, all is over and long gone, But love is not over...

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.”

The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The smallest sprout shows there is really no death.”

The smallest sprout shows there is really no death.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it;.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “But where is what I started for so long ago? And why is it yet unfound?”

But where is what I started for so long ago? And why is it yet unfound?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The beautiful uncut hair of graves.”

The beautiful uncut hair of graves.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “In the faces of men and women, I see God.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I will not descend among professors and capitalists.”

I will not descend among professors and capitalists.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more than all my other poems.”

Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more than all my other poems.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.”

The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful stroke!”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?”

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last!”

O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last!

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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!”

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!

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Give me such shows – give me the streets of Manhattan!”

Give me such shows – give me the streets of Manhattan!

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose. Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune. Henceforth, I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.”

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose. Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune. Henceforth, I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.”

There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “When I undertake to tell the best, I find I cannot. My tongue is ineffectual on its pivots, My breath will not be obedient to its organs, I become a dumb man.”

When I undertake to tell the best, I find I cannot. My tongue is ineffectual on its pivots, My breath will not be obedient to its organs, I become a dumb man.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The most affluent man is he that confronts all the shows he sees by equivalents out of the stronger wealth of himself.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!”

How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes – but is that all?”

I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes – but is that all?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman 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.”

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.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.”

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Liberty is to be subserved, whatever occurs.”

Liberty is to be subserved, whatever occurs.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth ever afterward resumes its liberty.”

Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth ever afterward resumes its liberty.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The Americans, like the English, probably make love worse than any other race.”

The Americans, like the English, probably make love worse than any other race.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing lacking.”

A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing lacking.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part of human institutions.”

The eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part of human institutions.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Copulation is no more foul to me than death is.”

Copulation is no more foul to me than death is.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag, Enclosed and safe within its central heart, Nestles the seed of perfection.”

In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag, Enclosed and safe within its central heart, Nestles the seed of perfection.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Are you the new person drawn toward me?”

Are you the new person drawn toward me?

— Walt Whitman

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