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Walt Whitman Quotes

41 of the best book quotes from Walt Whitman
  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.”
  10. #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”
  1. #11
    “I accept Time absolutely.
    It alone is without flaw,
    It alone rounds and completes all,
    That mystic baffling wonder.”
  2. #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?”
  3. #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.”
  4. #14
    “Let your soul stand cool and composed
    before a million universes.”
  5. #15
    “My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
  6. #16
    “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.”
  7. #17
    “All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
    And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.”
  8. #18
    “These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me.”
  9. #19
    “And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own,
    And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own,
    And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers,
    And that a kelson of the creation is love.”
  10. #20
    “Do you take it I would astonish?
    Does the daylight astonish? does the early red start twittering through the woods?
    Do I astonish more than they?”

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Walt Whitman, Karen Karbiener, Kate Evans
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  1. #21
    “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
  2. #22
    “The runaway slave came to my house and stopt outside,
    I heard his motions crackling the twigs of the woodpile,
    Through the swung half-door of the kitchen I saw him limpsy and weak,
    And went where he sat on a log and led him in and assured him,
    And brought water and fill’d a tub for his sweated body and bruis’d feet,
    And gave him a room that enter’d from my own, and gave him some coarse clean clothes,
    And remember perfectly well his revolving eyes and his awkwardness,
    And remember putting plasters on the galls of his neck and ankles;
    He staid with me a week before he was recuperated and pass’d north,
    I had him sit next me at table, my fire-lock lean’d in the corner.”
  3. #23
    “Have you heard that it was good to gain the day?
    I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”
  4. #24
    “This hour I tell things in confidence,
    I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you.”
  5. #25
    “I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself,
    (They do not know how immortal, but I know.)”
  6. #26
    “I am enamour’d of growing out-doors.”
  7. #27
    “There was never any more inception than there is now,
    Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
    And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
    Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.”
  8. #28
    “A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
    How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.”
  9. #29
    “What do you think has become of the young and old men?
    And what do you think has become of the women and children?
    They are alive and well somewhere,
    The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
    And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,
    And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.”
  10. #30
    “I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise.”
  1. #31
    “Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am,
    Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,
    Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest,
    Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next,
    Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it.”
  2. #32
    “I resist any thing better than my own diversity,
    Breathe the air but leave plenty after me,
    And am not stuck up, and am in my place.”
  3. #33
    “I am large, I contain multitudes.”
  4. #34
    “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.”
  5. #35
    “I am large, I contain multitudes”
  6. #36
    “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
  7. #37
    “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.”
  8. #38
    “Peace is always beautiful.”
  9. #39
    “Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.”
  10. #40
    “I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.”
  11. #41
    “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.”

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