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Walt Whitman Quote: “Of all the earth her heart most full of sorrow because most full of love.”

Of all the earth her heart most full of sorrow because most full of love.

— Walt Whitman



Walt Whitman Quote: “O baffled, baulked, bent to the very earth, Oppressed with myself that I have dared to open my mouth, Aware now that, amid all the blab whose echoes recoil upon me, I have not once had the least idea who or what I am, But that before all my insolent poems, the real ME stands yet untouched, untold, altogether unreached, Withdrawn.”

O baffled, baulked, bent to the very earth, Oppressed with myself that I have dared to open my mouth, Aware now that, amid all the blab whose echoes recoil upon me, I have not once had the least idea who or what I am, But that before all my insolent poems, the real ME stands yet untouched, untold, altogether unreached, Withdrawn.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I speak the password primeval.”

I speak the password primeval.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Their Presidents shall not be their common referee so much as their poets shall.”

Their Presidents shall not be their common referee so much as their poets shall.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “But a cluster containing night’s darkness and blood-dripping wounds, And psalms of the dead.”

But a cluster containing night’s darkness and blood-dripping wounds, And psalms of the dead.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Has any one supposed it lucky to be born?”

Has any one supposed it lucky to be born?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “What is a man anyhow? what am I? what are you?”

What is a man anyhow? what am I? what are you?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Caution seldom goes far enough.”

Caution seldom goes far enough.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Sun so generous it shall be you- Leaves of Grass.”

Sun so generous it shall be you- Leaves of Grass.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”

The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, and if each and all be aware I sit content.”

And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier. 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: “After all, the great lesson is that no special natural sights – not Alps, Niagara, Yosemite or anything else – is more grand or more beautiful than the ordinary sunrise and sunset, earth and sky, the common trees and grass.”

After all, the great lesson is that no special natural sights – not Alps, Niagara, Yosemite or anything else – is more grand or more beautiful than the ordinary sunrise and sunset, earth and sky, the common trees and grass.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I too felt the curious abrupt questionings stir within me, In the day among crowds of people sometimes they came upon me, In my walks home late at night or as I lay in my bed they came upon me.”

I too felt the curious abrupt questionings stir within me, In the day among crowds of people sometimes they came upon me, In my walks home late at night or as I lay in my bed they came upon me.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The young are beautiful – but the old are more beautiful than the young.”

The young are beautiful – but the old are more beautiful than the young.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The poet is individual – he is complete in himself: the others are as good as he; only he sees it, and they do not.”

The poet is individual – he is complete in himself: the others are as good as he; only he sees it, and they do not.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I see the cliffs, glaciers, torrents, valleys of Switzerland – I mark the long winters and the isolation.”

I see the cliffs, glaciers, torrents, valleys of Switzerland – I mark the long winters and the isolation.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Or I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation.”

Or I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Political democracy, as it exists and practically works in America, with all its threatening evils, supplies a training-school for making first-class men. It is life’s gymnasium, not of good only, but of all. We try often, though we fall back often. A brave delight, fit for freedom’s athletes, fills these arenas, and fully satisfies, out of the action in them, irrespective of success.”

Political democracy, as it exists and practically works in America, with all its threatening evils, supplies a training-school for making first-class men. It is life’s gymnasium, not of good only, but of all. We try often, though we fall back often. A brave delight, fit for freedom’s athletes, fills these arenas, and fully satisfies, out of the action in them, irrespective of success.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The words of true poems are the tuft and final applause of science.”

The words of true poems are the tuft and final applause of science.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The past and the present wilt. I have fill’d them, emptied them, And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.”

The past and the present wilt. I have fill’d them, emptied them, And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself.”

Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I do not say these things for a dollar, or to fill up the time while I wait for a boat;.”

I do not say these things for a dollar, or to fill up the time while I wait for a boat;.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “We carry our fresh air with us, wherever we go. He who has it, has it anywhere – nothing can rob him of it. I find in all characters that live close to nature, capriciousness, variability – they seem to pattern after nature’s higher rules. The children are that way, and dogs, cats – not but that their perceptions, intuitions, are keen enough, but with the capricious, too.”

We carry our fresh air with us, wherever we go. He who has it, has it anywhere – nothing can rob him of it. I find in all characters that live close to nature, capriciousness, variability – they seem to pattern after nature’s higher rules. The children are that way, and dogs, cats – not but that their perceptions, intuitions, are keen enough, but with the capricious, too.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Every existence has its idiom, every thing and idiom and tongue.”

Every existence has its idiom, every thing and idiom and tongue.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”

I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The souls moving along... are they invisible while the least atom of the stones is visible?”

The souls moving along... are they invisible while the least atom of the stones is visible?

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for, But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known, Arouse! for you must justify me. I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future, I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.”

Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for, But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known, Arouse! for you must justify me. I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future, I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Like a stone dropped into a pond, an article of that sort may spread out its concentric circles of consequences.”

Like a stone dropped into a pond, an article of that sort may spread out its concentric circles of consequences.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons – the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.”

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons – the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The present now and here, America’s busy, teeming, intricate whirl, Of aggregate and segregate for only thence releasing, To-day’s eidolons.”

The present now and here, America’s busy, teeming, intricate whirl, Of aggregate and segregate for only thence releasing, To-day’s eidolons.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “A great poem is no finish to a man or woman but rather a beginning.”

A great poem is no finish to a man or woman but rather a beginning.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.”

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Life breaks into beauty again and we realize that man may bring hell itself into the world, but that Nature ever patiently waits to be his natural paradise.”

Life breaks into beauty again and we realize that man may bring hell itself into the world, but that Nature ever patiently waits to be his natural paradise.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “No specification is necessary – to add or subtract or divide is in vain. Little or big, learned or unlearned, white or black, legal or illegal, sick or well, from the first inspiration down the windpipe to the last expiration out of it, all that a male or female does that is vigorous and benevolent and clean is so much sure profit to him or her in the unshakable order of the universe and through the whole scope of it for ever.”

No specification is necessary – to add or subtract or divide is in vain. Little or big, learned or unlearned, white or black, legal or illegal, sick or well, from the first inspiration down the windpipe to the last expiration out of it, all that a male or female does that is vigorous and benevolent and clean is so much sure profit to him or her in the unshakable order of the universe and through the whole scope of it for ever.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “If he breathes into anything that was before thought small, it dilates with the grandeur and life of the universe.”

If he breathes into anything that was before thought small, it dilates with the grandeur and life of the universe.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “However convenient this dwelling, we cannot remain here.”

However convenient this dwelling, we cannot remain here.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “My respiration and inspiration... the beating of my heart... the passing of blood and air through my lungs, the sniff of green leaves and dry leaves and of the short and dark colored sea-rocks and of hay in the barn... the delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hillsides, the feeling of health... the full moon trill... the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.”

My respiration and inspiration... the beating of my heart... the passing of blood and air through my lungs, the sniff of green leaves and dry leaves and of the short and dark colored sea-rocks and of hay in the barn... the delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hillsides, the feeling of health... the full moon trill... the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “And that my Soul embraces you this hour, and we affect each other without ever seeing each other, and never perhaps to see each other, is every bit as wonderful.”

And that my Soul embraces you this hour, and we affect each other without ever seeing each other, and never perhaps to see each other, is every bit as wonderful.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The only purport of the form thou art, the real I myself, An image, an eidolon.”

The only purport of the form thou art, the real I myself, An image, an eidolon.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Slang, too, is the wholesome fermentation or eructation of those processes eternally active in language, by which froth and specks are thrown up, mostly to pass away; though occasionally to settle and permanently chrystallize.”

Slang, too, is the wholesome fermentation or eructation of those processes eternally active in language, by which froth and specks are thrown up, mostly to pass away; though occasionally to settle and permanently chrystallize.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “They do not sweat and whine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago.”

They do not sweat and whine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I lean and loaf at my ease... observing a spear of summer grass.”

I lean and loaf at my ease... observing a spear of summer grass.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you and the leaves to rustle for you, do my words refuse to glisten and rustle for you.”

Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you and the leaves to rustle for you, do my words refuse to glisten and rustle for you.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “Beginning my studies the first step pleas’d me so much, The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion, The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love, The first step I say awed me and pleas’d me so much, I have hardly gone and hardly wish’d to go any farther, But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs.”

Beginning my studies the first step pleas’d me so much, The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion, The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love, The first step I say awed me and pleas’d me so much, I have hardly gone and hardly wish’d to go any farther, But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “He sees eternity in men and women, he does not see men and women as dreams or dots.”

He sees eternity in men and women, he does not see men and women as dreams or dots.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The new rule shall rule as the soul rules, and as the love and justice and equality that are in the soul rule.”

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

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “To drive free, to love free, to court destruction with taunts. One brief house of madness and joy!”

To drive free, to love free, to court destruction with taunts. One brief house of madness and joy!

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “I conn’d old times, I sat studying at the feet of the great masters, Now if eligible O that the great masters might return and study me.”

I conn’d old times, I sat studying at the feet of the great masters, Now if eligible O that the great masters might return and study me.

— Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman Quote: “The spirit receives from the body just as much as it gives to the body, if not more.”

The spirit receives from the body just as much as it gives to the body, if not more.

— Walt Whitman

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