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Best Walt Whitman Quotes

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A list of the best Walt Whitman quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Walt Whitman quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Walt Whitman quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Walt Whitman should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Walt Whitman quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.

    Opposites More
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    When I give I give myself.

    Giving More
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    Nothing endures but personal qualities.

    Character More
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    To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.

    Audience More
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    This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one 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 towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.

    Life and Living More
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    If you done it, it ain't bragging.

    Conceit More
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    Be curious, not judgmental.

    Judgment and Judges More
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    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.

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

    Nature More
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    All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.

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    To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.

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

    Miracle More
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    Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.

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    Camerado, I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself?

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

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

    Flower More
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    Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).

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    Our leading men are not of much account and never have been, but the average of the people is immense, beyond all history. Sometimes I think in all departments, literature and art included, that will be the way our superiority will exhibit itself. We will not have great individuals or great leaders, but a great average bulk, unprecedentedly great.

    Masses More
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    To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.

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

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

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

    Things and Little Things More
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    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!

    Poverty and The Poor More
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    I accept reality and dare not question it.

    Reality More
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    Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

    Losers and Losing More
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    I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

    Loneliness More
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    Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable crowd is gathered, it is the fourth of Seventh-month, (what salutes of cannon and small arms!)

    Festival More
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    Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.

    Books and Reading More
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    I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.

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    Produce great men, the rest follows.

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

    Army and Navy More
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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 More
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    And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

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

    Style More
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    Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then?

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    The city sleeps and the country sleeps, the living sleep for their time, the dead sleep for their time, the old husband sleeps by his wife and the young husband sleeps by his wife; and these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them, and such as it is to be of these more or less I am, and of these one and all I weave the song of myself.

    Sleep More
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    Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.

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

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    O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself.

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    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.

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    It is only the novice in political economy who thinks it is the duty of government to make its citizens happy. Government has no such office. To protect the weak and the minority from the impositions of the strong and the majorityto prevent any one from positively working to render the people unhappy, to do the labor not of an officious inter-meddler in the affairs of men, but of a prudent watchman who prevents outragethese are rather the proper duties of a government. Under the specious pretext of effecting the happiness of the whole community, nearly all the wrongs and intrusions of government have been carried through. The legislature may, and should, when such things fall in its way, lend its potential weight to the cause of virtue and happinessbut to legislate in direct behalf of those objects is never available, and rarely effects any even temporary benefit.

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    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?

    Youth More
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    The beautiful uncut hair of graves.

    Burial More
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    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?

    Universe More
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    The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.

    Books and Reading More
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    Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed.

    Change More
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    The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.

    Cities and City Life More
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    A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.

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    There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.

    Tyranny More
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    Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.

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