1819-1892, American Poet
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
Walt Whitman – [Cities and City Life]
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Walt Whitman – [Flowers]
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 – [Nature]
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
Walt Whitman – [Frankness]
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
Walt Whitman – [Professions and Professionals]
And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
Walt Whitman – [Sympathy]
Be curious, not judgmental.
Walt Whitman – [Judgment and Judges]
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman – [Self-sacrifice]
Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.
Walt Whitman – [Books and Reading]
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 – [Friends and Friendship]
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).
Walt Whitman – [Contradiction]
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
Walt Whitman – [Opposites]
Freedom — to walk free and own no superior.
Walt Whitman – [Freedom]
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 – [Losers and Losing]
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 – [Learning]
He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
Walt Whitman – [Style]
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
Walt Whitman – [Fortune]
Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
Walt Whitman – [Time and Time Management]
How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!
Walt Whitman – [Argument]
I accept reality and dare not question it.
Walt Whitman – [Reality]