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36 Famous Quotes by Walt Whitman
5/31/1819 - 3/26/1892
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Walter Whitman
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Wisdom is not finally tested in 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.

Judgment Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

Sleep Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

Satisfaction Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.

Age Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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In the faces of men and women I see God.

God Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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

Simplicity Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.

Miracles Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred

Body Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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If you done it, it ain't bragging.

Bragging Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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

Democracy Quotes, by Walt Whitman , Source: Drum-Taps--Rise O Days From Your Fathomless Deep (no. 3)

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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.

Printing Quotes, by Walt Whitman , Source: Leaves of Grass--Walt Whitman (pt. XV, st. 77)

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Where the katydid works her chromatic reed on the walnut-tree over the well.

Katydids Quotes, by Walt Whitman , Source: Leaves of Grass--Song of Myself (pt. 33, l. 61)

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The butcher in his killing clothes.

Butchering Quotes, by Walt Whitman , Source: The Workingmen (pt. VI, st. 32)

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Lo! body and soul!--this land! Mighty Manhattan, with spires, and The sparkling and hurrying tides, and the ships; The varied and ample land,--the South And the North in the light--Ohio's shores, and flashing Missouri, And ever the far-spreading prairies, covered with grass and corn. - Walt Whitman,

New york Quotes, by Walt Whitman , Source: Sequel to Drum-Taps--When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom'd (st. 12)

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Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others ... And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

Love Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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The real war will never get in the books.

War Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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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.

Silence Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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In the faces of men and women I see God.

Spirituality Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.

Language Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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

Letters Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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

Unconscious Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Re-examine all you have been told . . . Dismiss what insults your Soul. -Walt Whitman.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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On the beach at night, Stands a child with her father, Watching the east, the autumn sky. Up through the darkness, While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading, Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the sky, Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the east, Ascends large and calm the lord-star Jupiter, And nigh at hand, only a very little above, Swim the delicate sisters the Pleiades. From the beach the child holding the hand of her father, Those burial-clouds that lower victorious soon to devour all, Watching, silently weeps. Weep not, child, Weep not, my darling, With these kisses let me remove your tears, The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious, They shall not long possess the sky, they devour the stars only in apparition, Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another night, the Pleiades shall emerge, They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden shall shine out again, The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again, they endure, The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive moons shall again shine. Then dearest child mournest thou only for jupiter? Considerest thou alone the burial of the stars? Something there is, (With my lips soothing thee, adding I whisper, I give thee the first suggestion, the problem and indirection,) Something there is more immortal even than the stars, (Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,) Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter Longer than sun or any revolving satellite, Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.

Beauty Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.

Censorship Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.

Class Quotes, by Walt Whitman

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