Famous Quotes By Walt Whitman


  1. A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
  2. A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
  3. 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.
  4. And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
  5. And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
  6. And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
  7. Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.
  8. Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
  9. 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?
  10. He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
  11. Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
  12. Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
  13. I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
  14. I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
  15. I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
  16. I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
  17. I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
  18. I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
  19. I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
  20. I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God - I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.
  21. I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
  22. Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
  23. Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.
  24. Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
  25. Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
  26. Produce great men, the rest follows.
  27. The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
  28. The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.
  29. The future is no more uncertain than the present.
  30. The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.
  31. 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.
  32. The real war will never get in the books.
  33. There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
  34. To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
  35. 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.
  36. We convince by our presence.
  37. Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

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