Leaves of Grass Quotes

19 of the best book quotes from Leaves of Grass
  1. #1
    “Resist much, obey little.”
  2. #2
    “I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing.”
  3. #3
    “Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.”
  4. #4
    “If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”
  5. #5
    “And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles”
  6. #6
    “Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”
  7. #7
    “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
  8. #8
    “I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
    I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
  9. #9
    “I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or
    wake at night alone,
    I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
    I am to see to it that I do not lose you.”
  1. #10
    “Long enough have you dream’d contemptible dreams,
    Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
    You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light
    and of every moment of your life”
  2. #11
    “I accept Time absolutely.
    It alone is without flaw,
    It alone rounds and completes all,
    That mystic baffling wonder.”
  3. #12
    “Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me?
    And why should I not speak to you?”
  4. #13
    “This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.”
  5. #14
    “I will sleep no more but arise, You oceans that have been calm within me! how I feel you, fathomless, stirring, preparing unprecedented waves and storms.”
  6. #15
    “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.”
  7. #16
    “I am large, I contain multitudes”
  8. #17
    “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
  9. #18
    “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”
  10. #19
    “Peace is always beautiful.”

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