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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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The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people. Walt Whitman

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Be curious, not judgmental. Walt Whitman

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I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends. Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. Walt Whitman

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

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

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Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. Walt Whitman

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself. Walt Whitman

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

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Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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When I give I give myself. Walt Whitman

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

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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. Walt Whitman

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I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. Walt Whitman

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To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. Walt Whitman

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

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

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If you done it, it ain't bragging. Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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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? Walt Whitman

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

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In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every one is signed by God's name. And I leave them where they are, for I know that wherever I go, others will punctually come for ever and ever. Walt Whitman

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Nothing endures but personal qualities. Walt Whitman

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

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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. Walt Whitman

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I accept reality and dare not question it. Walt Whitman

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All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself. Walt Whitman

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Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior. Walt Whitman

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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? Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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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. Walt Whitman

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Produce great men, the rest follows. Walt Whitman

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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! Walt Whitman

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A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. Walt Whitman

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Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? Walt Whitman

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When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wandered off by myself, in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars. Walt Whitman

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And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud. Walt Whitman

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We convince by our presence. Walt Whitman

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The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything. Walt Whitman

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

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The beautiful uncut hair of graves. Walt Whitman

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The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual. Walt Whitman

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

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The Past -- the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf --the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past? Walt Whitman

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The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. Walt Whitman