1819-1892, American Poet
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
Walt Whitman – [Self-esteem]
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 – [Parties]
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Walt Whitman – [Nature]
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Walt Whitman – [Loneliness]
I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.
Walt Whitman – [Self-love]
I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
Walt Whitman – [Obesity]
I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes — but is that all?
Walt Whitman – [Universe]
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
Walt Whitman – [Enemies]
If you done it, it ain't bragging.
Walt Whitman – [Conceit]
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 – [God]
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 – [Change]
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
Walt Whitman – [Death and Dying]
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
Walt Whitman – [Character]
O lands! O all so dear to me — what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is.
Walt Whitman – [Land]
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 – [Travel and Tourism]
O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.
Walt Whitman – [Army and Navy]
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 – [Control]
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 – [Age and Aging]
Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.
Walt Whitman – [Class]
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 – [Masses]