Walt Whitman Quotes & Wallpapers

Walt Whitman
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From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines. Going where I list, my own master, total and absolute. Listening to others, and considering well what they say. Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating. Gently but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me. Walt Whitman
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Well, every man has a religion; has something in heaven or earth which he will give up everything else for - something which absorbs him - which may be regarded by others as being useless - yet it is his dream, it is his lodestar, it is his master. That, whatever it is, seized upon me, made me its servant, slave - induced me to set aside the other ambitions a trail of glory in the heavens, which I followed, followed with a full heart. ...When once I am convinced, I never let go... Walt Whitman
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In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag, Enclosed and safe within its central heart, Nestles the seed of perfection. Walt Whitman
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Come lovely and soothing death, Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving, In the day, in the night, to all, to each, Sooner or later, delicate death. Walt Whitman
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I see Hermes, unsuspected, dying, well-beloved, saying to the people, "Do not weep for me, This is not my true country, I have lived banished from my true country - I now go back there, I return to the celestial sphere where every one goes in his turn." Walt Whitman
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The work for giants...to serve well the guns! Walt Whitman
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Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough. Walt Whitman
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For we cannot tarry here, We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger, We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers! Walt Whitman
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Clear and sweet is my soul, clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. Walt Whitman
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The female that loves unrequited sleeps, And the male that loves unrequited sleeps, The head of the money-maker that plotted all day sleeps, And the enraged and treacherous dispositions, all, all sleep. Walt Whitman
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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
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not one escaped to tell the fall of Alamo, The hundred & fifty are dumb yet at Alamo. Walt Whitman
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I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky are for religion's sake. Walt Whitman
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When I give, I give myself. Walt Whitman
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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. One world is aware, and by the far the largest to me, and that is myself, And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness, I can wait. Walt Whitman
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I accept reality and dare not question it. Walt Whitman
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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. Walt Whitman
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I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones. Walt Whitman
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If there were nothing else of Abraham Lincoln for history to stamp him with, it is enough to send him with his wreath to the memory of all future time, that he endured that hour, that day, bitterer than gall - indeed a crucifixion day - that it did not conquer him - that he unflinchingly stemmed it, and resolved to lift himself and the Union out of it. Walt Whitman
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The art of art, the glory of expression, is simplicity. Nothing is better than simplicity, and the sunlight of letters is simplicity. Nothing is better than simplicity-nothing can make up for excess, or for the lack of definiteness. Walt Whitman
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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, will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live? Walt Whitman
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I have said that the soul is not more than the body, And I have said that the body is not more than the soul, And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's-self is, Walt Whitman
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What stays with you latest and deepest? of curious panics, of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains? Walt Whitman
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Life doesn't give You the people you want, It gives you The people you need: To love you, To hate you, To make you, To break you, And to make you the person you Were meant to be. Walt Whitman
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I was in the midst of it all - saw war where war is worst - not on the battlefields, no - in the hospitals ... there I mixed with it: and now I say God damn the wars - allw ars: God damn every war: God damn 'em! God damn 'em! Walt Whitman
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I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully armed; I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, spiritual, bold, And I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet its translation. Walt Whitman
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The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damning poverty, but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds - where wealth does not show such contrasts high and low, where all men have enough - a modest living- and no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities. Walt Whitman
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Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard. Walt Whitman
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How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed! Walt Whitman
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The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him - it cannot fail Walt Whitman
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If you want me again look for me under your boot soles. Walt Whitman
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My spirit has pass'd in compassion and determination around the whole earth. I have look'd for equals and lovers an found them ready for me in all lands, I think some divine rapport has equalized me with them Walt Whitman
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The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. Walt Whitman
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I am large, I contain multitudes Walt Whitman
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There will never be any more perfection than there is now. Walt Whitman
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Why are there men and women that while they are nigh me the sunlight expands my blood? Why when they leave me do my pennants of joy sink flat and lank? Walt Whitman
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Most works are most beautiful without ornament. Walt Whitman
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Whoever degrades another degrades me. Walt Whitman
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The most affluent man is he that confronts all the shows he sees by equivalents out of the stronger wealth of himself. Walt Whitman
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At times it has been doubtful to me if Emerson really knows or feels what Poetry is at its highest, as in the Bible, for instance, or Homer or Shakspeare. I see he covertly or plainly likes best superb verbal polish, or something old or odd Walt Whitman
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My call is the call of battle- I nourish active rebellion;/ He going with me must go well armed. Walt Whitman
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I Think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost . The body sluggish, aged, cold, the ember left from earlier fires shall duly flame again. Walt Whitman
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The strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung Walt Whitman
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I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell Walt Whitman
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When he whom I love travels with me or sits a long while holding me by the hand, ... Then I am charged with untold and untellable wisdom, I am silent, I require nothing further, I cannot answer the question of appearances or that of identity beyond the grave, But I walk or sit indifferent, I am satisfied, He ahold of my hand has completely satisfied me. Walt Whitman
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Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others... And your very flesh shall be a great poem. Walt Whitman
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Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
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Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul. Walt Whitman
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Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. Walt Whitman
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I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. Walt Whitman
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The future is no more uncertain than the present. Walt Whitman
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When I heard the learn'd astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars. Walt Whitman
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From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines. Walt Whitman
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In the faces of men and women, I see God. Walt Whitman
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Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land. Walt Whitman
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I have no mockings or arguments; I witness and wait. Walt Whitman
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Whoever you are, now I place my hand upon you/ That you may be my poem/ I whisper with my lips close to your ear/ I have loved many women and men, but I love none better than you. Walt Whitman
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I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. Walt Whitman
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All truths wait in all things, They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it, They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon, The insignificant is as big to me as any, (What is less or more than a touch)... Walt Whitman
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All the past we leave behind; We debouch upon a newer, mightier world, varied world, Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march, Pioneers! O Pioneers! Walt Whitman
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When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd / And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, / I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. Walt Whitman
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Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night! Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars! Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night! Walt Whitman
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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
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We arrange our lives - even the best and boldest men and women that exist, just as much as the most limited - with reference to what society conventionally rules and makes right. Walt Whitman
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Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul. Walt Whitman
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The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. Walt Whitman
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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. Walt Whitman
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Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. Walt Whitman
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The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws. Walt Whitman
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The real war will never get in the books. Walt Whitman
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