Walt Whitman Quotes

Walt Whitman

US poet (1819 - 1892)

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O to be self balanced for contingencies! O to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs as trees and animals do!

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I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained.

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

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I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

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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.

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

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The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.

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Nothing endures but personal qualities.

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Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.

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The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.

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Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her that it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.

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Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?

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Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?

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

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Either define the moment or the moment will define you.

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The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.

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I exist as I am, that is enough.

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This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven.

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If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.

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I exist as I am, that is enough.

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

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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.

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The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.

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Nothing endures but personal qualities.

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