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The 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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All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. Walt Whitman
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I accept reality and dare not question it. Walt Whitman
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Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. Walt Whitman
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Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior. 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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Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. 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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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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There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. 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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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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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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The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. Walt Whitman
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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. 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. Walt Whitman
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I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men, I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers. Walt Whitman
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How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed! Walt Whitman
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This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat. Walt Whitman
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The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws. Walt Whitman
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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? 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. 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. Walt Whitman
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I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious. Walt Whitman
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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. Walt Whitman