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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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59 8
Be curious, not judgmental. Walt Whitman

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61 10
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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40 5
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. Walt Whitman

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25 2
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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18 1
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. Walt Whitman

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34 4
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends. Walt Whitman

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10 0
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. Walt Whitman

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10 0
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. Walt Whitman

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43 8
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes). Walt Whitman

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37 7
When I give I give myself. Walt Whitman

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25 3
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. Walt Whitman

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25 3
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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32 5
To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. Walt Whitman

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28 4
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. Walt Whitman

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31 5
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. Walt Whitman

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29 5
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. Walt Whitman

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22 3
I celebrate myself, and sing myself. Walt Whitman

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29 8
If you done it, it ain't bragging. Walt Whitman

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21 3
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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21 3
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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20 4
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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20 4
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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12 1
Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. Walt Whitman

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16 2
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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19 5
Nothing endures but personal qualities. Walt Whitman