1819-1892, American Poet
This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.
Walt Whitman – [Faces]
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 – [Life and Living]
To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
Walt Whitman – [Death and Dying]
To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.
Walt Whitman – [Audiences]
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.
Walt Whitman – [Miracles]
To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.
Walt Whitman – [Manners]
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 – [Language]
We convince by our presence.
Walt Whitman – [Present]
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 – [Poverty and The Poor]
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
Walt Whitman – [Truth]
When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman – [Giving]
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wandered off by myself, in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars.
Walt Whitman – [Astronomy]
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 – [Youth]