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I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd, I stand and look at them long and long, They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things. Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that liveth thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
- Walt Whitman | Animals Quotes
Camerado, this is no book. Who touches this, touches a man.
- Walt Whitman | Books and Reading Quotes
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
- Walt Whitman | Censorship Quotes
It is native personality, and that alone, that endows a man to stand before presidents or generals, or in any distinguished collection, with aplomb -and not culture, or any intellect whatever.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
- Walt Whitman | Education Quotes
In the faces of men and women I see God and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is signed by God's name, and I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoever I go others will punctually come for ever and ever.
- Walt Whitman | God Quotes
Behold! I do not give lectures on a little charity. When I give, I give myself.
To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
- Walt Whitman | Poets and Poetry Quotes
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
Out of every fruition of success, no matter what, comes forth something to make a new effort necessary.
- Walt Whitman | Success Quotes
Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough.
- Walt Whitman | Forgiveness Quotes
Behold! I do not give lectures on a little charity. When I give, I give myself.
In the faces of men and women I see God.
- Walt Whitman | God Quotes
I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware, I sit content, And if each and all be aware, I sit content.
- Walt Whitman | Self-Acceptance Quotes
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity: nothing is better than simplicity.
- Walt Whitman | Simplicity Quotes
Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself (I am large, I contain multitudes).
The future is no more uncertain than the present.
Out of every fruition of success, no matter what, comes forth something to make a new effort necessary.
- Walt Whitman | Success Quotes
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
- Walt Whitman | Nature Quotes
If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred.
- Walt Whitman | Body Quotes
Camerado, this is no book. Who touches this, touches a man.
- Walt Whitman | Books Quotes
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
- Walt Whitman | Death Quotes
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, And the great star early droop'd in the western sky the night, I mourn'd - and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
- Walt Whitman | Flowers Quotes
Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
- Walt Whitman | Gift Quotes
Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary-makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.
- Walt Whitman | Language Quotes
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.
- Walt Whitman | Lincoln Quotes
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
- Walt Whitman | Quality Quotes
I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass.
- Walt Whitman | Soul Quotes


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