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The new rule shall rule as the soul rules, and as the love and justice and equality that are in the soul rule. -- Walt Whitman
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We all have great things on our bucket lists like skydiving, seeing the Northern Lights etc, but what about simply falling in love? Isn't that the most amazing thing we can do? -- Walt Whitman
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The whole purpose of the universe is unerringly aimed at one thing - you. -- Walt Whitman
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The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual. -- Walt Whitman
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Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.
[Give me the splendid silent sun] -- Walt Whitman
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A word of the faith that never balks,
Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
It alone is without flaw, it alone rounds and completes all,
That mystic baffling wonder alone completes all. -- Walt Whitman
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The fruition of beauty is no chance of hit or miss ... it is inevitable as life. -- Walt Whitman
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WHAT am I, after all, but a child, pleas'd with the sound of my own name? repeating it over and over;
I stand apart to hear - it never tires me.
To you, your name also;
Did you think there was nothing but two or three pronunciations in the sound of your name? -- Walt Whitman
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It is not they who give the life, it is you who give the life, Leaves are not more shed from the trees, or trees from the earth, than they are shed out of you. -- Walt Whitman
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Oh captain my captain -- Walt Whitman
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Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus! Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me. -- Walt Whitman
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I lean and loaf at my ease ... observing a spear of summer grass. -- Walt Whitman
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The earth recedes from me into the night, I saw that it was beautiful . . . . and I see that what is not the earth is beautiful. -- Walt Whitman
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You want to know a sure way to lose money? Buy what's popular and don't know what you are investing in. -- Walt Whitman
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I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean
But I shall be good health to you nonetheless
And filter and fibre your blood. -- Walt Whitman
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Whitman's poems present no trace of rhyme, save in a couple or so of chance instances. Parts of them, indeed, may be regarded as a warp of prose amid the weft of poetry, -- Walt Whitman
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Lo! body and soul!
this land! Mighty Manhattan, with spires, and The sparkling and hurrying tides, and the ships; The varied and ample land,
the South And the North in the light
Ohio's shores, and flashing Missouri, And ever the far-spreading prairies, covered with grass and corn. -- Walt Whitman
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There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. -- Walt Whitman
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To drive free, to love free, to court destruction with taunts. One brief house of madness and joy! -- Walt Whitman
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It is only the novice in political economy who thinks it is the duty of government to make its citizens happy - government has no such office. -- Walt Whitman
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Long have you timidly waded
Holding a plank by the shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea,
Rise again, nod to me, shout,
And laughingly dash with your hair. -- Walt Whitman
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Charity and personal force are the only investments worth anything. -- Walt Whitman
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To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim - the rocks - the motion of the waves - the ships, with men in them, what stranger miracles are there? -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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Speed on my book! spread your white sails my little bark athwart the imperious waves, -- Walt Whitman
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In nothing is there more evolution than the American mind. -- Walt Whitman
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Storming, enjoying, planning, loving, cautioning,
Backing and filling, appearing and disappearing,
I tread day and night such roads. -- Walt Whitman
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My little notebooks were beginnings - they were the ground into which I dropped the seed ... I would work in this way when I was out in the crowds, then put the stuff together at home. -- 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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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. -- Walt Whitman
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As I see my soul reflected in Nature,
As I see through a mist, One with inexpressible completeness, sanity, beauty,
See the bent head and arms folded over the breast, the Female I see. -- Walt Whitman
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Victory, union, faith, identity, time,
The indissoluble compacts, riches, mystery,
Eternal progress, the kosmos, and the modern reports.
This, then, is life;
Here is what has come to the surface after so many throes and convulsions."
-from "Starting from Paumanok -- Walt Whitman
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The efflux of the soul is happiness, here is happiness,
I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all times,
Now it flows unto us, we are rightly charged. -- Walt Whitman
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And as to you death, and you bitter hug of mortality ... it is idle to try to alarm me -- Walt Whitman
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A perfect writer would make words sing, dance, kiss, do the male and female act, bear children, weep, bleed, rage, stab, steal, fire cannon, steer ships, sack cities, charge with cavalry or infantry, or do anything that man or woman or the natural powers can do. -- Walt Whitman
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I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. -- Walt Whitman
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Somehow I have been stunned. Stand back!
Give me a little time beyond my cuffed head and slumbers
and dreams and gaping,
I discover myself on the verge of the usual mistake. -- Walt Whitman
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Ah little recks the laborer,
How near his work is holding him to God,
The loving Laborer through space and time -- Walt Whitman
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What doesn't kill you leaves scars, ruins your lungs, dries out all your tears, leaves you lying awake at 4 in the morning
wishing you weren't alive. -- Walt Whitman
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I perceive I have not really understood any thing, not a single object, and that no man ever can."
-from "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life -- Walt Whitman
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Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely. -- Walt Whitman
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These are the days that must happen to you. -- Walt Whitman
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The Past
the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf
the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past? -- Walt Whitman
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God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards. -- Walt Whitman
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I am he that walks with the tender and growing night; I call to the earth and sea half-held by the night. Press close barebosomed night! Press close magnetic nourishing night! Night of south winds! Night of the large few stars! Still nodding night! Mad naked summer night! Smile -- Walt Whitman
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The truest and greatest Poetry, (while subtly and necessarily always rhythmic, and distinguishable easily enough) can never again, in the English language, be express'd in arbitrary and rhyming metre, any more than the greatest eloquence, or the truest power and passion. -- Walt Whitman
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Strange, (is it not?) that battles, martyrs, blood, even assassination should so condense - perhaps only really lastingly condense - a Nationality. -- Walt Whitman
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And your very flesh shall be a great poem. -- Walt Whitman
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Thought
Of obedience, faith, adhesiveness;
As I stand aloof and look there is to me something profoundly
affecting in large masses of men following the lead of those who
do not believe in men. -- Walt Whitman
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Where joyous full of faith, spreading white sails, She cleaves the ether mid the sparkle and the foam of day, or under many a star at night, By sailors young and old haply will I, a reminiscence of the land, be read, -- Walt Whitman
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he can make every word he speaks draw blood, -- Walt Whitman
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And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero. -- Walt Whitman
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I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love. -- Walt Whitman
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I swear I will never mention love or death inside a house,
And I swear I never will translate myself at all, only to him or her who privately stays with me in the open air. -- Walt Whitman
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Love, that is day and night - love, that is sun and moon and stars, Love, that is crimson, sumptuous, sick with perfume, no other words but words of love, no other thought but love. -- Walt Whitman
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Without enough wilderness America will change. Democracy, with its myriad personalities and increasing sophistication, must be fibred and vitalized by regular contact with outdoor growths - animals, trees, sun warmth and free skies - or it will dwindle and pale. -- Walt Whitman
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Great is Youth
equally great is Old Age
great are Day and Night.
Great is Wealth
great is Poverty
great is Expression-great is Silence. -- Walt Whitman
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Or may-be one who is puzzled at me.
As if I were not puzzled at myself! -- Walt Whitman
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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? -- Walt Whitman
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Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep for the dead I loved so well. -- Walt Whitman
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All truths wait in all things, -- Walt Whitman
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I wander all night in my vision,
Stepping with light feet, swiftly and noiselessly stepping and stopping,
Bending with open eyes over the shut eyes of sleepers ... -- Walt Whitman
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We convince by our presence. -- 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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Lo, the unbounded sea, On its breast a ship starting, spreading all sails, carrying even her moonsails. The pennant is flying aloft as she speeds she speeds so stately - below emulous waves press forward, They surround the ship with shining curving motions and foam. I -- Walt Whitman
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Whoever you are, motion and reflection are especially for you, The divine ship sails the divine sea for you. -- 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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TO FOREIGN LANDS. I heard that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle the New World, And to define America, her athletic Democracy, Therefore I send you my poems that you behold in them what you wanted. -- Walt Whitman
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CITY OF THE WORLD (FOR ALL RACES ARE HERE, ALL THE LANDS OF THE EARTH MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS HERE), CITY OF THE SEA! CITY OF WHARVES AND STORES - CITY OF TALL FACADES OF MARBLE AND IRON! PROUD AND PASSIONATE CITY - METTLESOME, MAD, EXTRAVAGANT CITY! -- 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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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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Now I will do nothing but listen to accrue what I hear into this song. To let sounds contribute toward it. I hear the sound I love. The sound of the human voice. I hear all sounds running together. -- Walt Whitman
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I hear the sound I love, the sound of the human voice, -- Walt Whitman
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Vivas to those who have fail'd!
And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!
And to those themselves who sank in the sea!
And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!
And the numberless unknown heroes equal to the greatest heroes known! -- Walt Whitman
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Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less important than I thought, -- 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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Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. -- Walt Whitman
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This is the city, and I am one of the citizens/Whatever interests the rest interests me -- Walt Whitman
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What blurt is this about virtue and about vice?
Evil propels me and reform of evil propels me, I stand indifferent,
My gait is no fault-finder's or rejecter's gait,
I moisten the roots of all that has grown. -- 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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We were together. I forget the rest. -- Walt Whitman
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The ecstasy is so short but the forgetting is so long. -- Walt Whitman
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Every hour of every day is an unspeakably perfect miracle. -- Walt Whitman
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Poor boy! I never knew you, Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that would save you -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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Slang, too, is the wholesome fermentation or eructation of those processes eternally active in language, by which froth and specks are thrown up, mostly to pass away; though occasionally to settle and permanently chrystallize. -- 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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Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the world. -- Walt Whitman
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To behold the day-break!
The little light fades the immense and diaphanous shadows,
The air tastes good to my palate. -- Walt Whitman
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All is procession; the universe is a procession with measured and beautiful motion. -- Walt Whitman
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Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. -- Walt Whitman
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The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. -- Walt Whitman
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I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy -- Walt Whitman
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Some are baffled, but that one is not
that one knows me.
Ah lover and perfect equal,
I meant that you should discover me so by faint indirections. -- Walt Whitman
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A Song of the good green grass! A song no more of the city streets; A song of farms - a song of the soil of fields. A song with the smell of sun-dried hay, where the nimble pitchers handle the pitch-fork; A song tasting of new wheat, and of fresh-husk'd maize. -- Walt Whitman
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The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case, He turns his quid of tobacco, while his eyes blur with the manuscript. -- Walt Whitman
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O YOU whom I often and silently come where you are, that I may be with you;
As I walk by your side, or sit near, or remain in the same room with you,
Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me.
-- Walt Whitman
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This hour I tell things in confidence/ I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you. -- Walt Whitman
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Of two simple men I saw today on the pier in the midst of the crowd, parting the parting of dear friends, the one to remain hung on the other's neck and passionately kissed him. While the one to depart tightly pressed the one to remain in his arms. -- Walt Whitman
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And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud. -- Walt Whitman
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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
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I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me.
Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me;
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me. -- Walt Whitman
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LET us twain walk aside from the rest;
Now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony,
Come! vouchsafe to me what has yet been vouchsafed to none - Tell me the whole story,
Tell me what you would not tell your brother, wife, husband, or physician. -- Walt Whitman
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I act as the tongue of you,
... tied in your mouth ... in mine it begins to be loosened. -- Walt Whitman
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Whoever you are holding me now in hand,
Without one thing all will be useless,
I give you fair warning before you attempt me further,
I am not what you supposed, but far different."
-from "Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand -- Walt Whitman
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The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less,
it comes or it lags behind,
It comes from its embowered garden
and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world. -- Walt Whitman
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Forth from the war emerging,a book I have made, the words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything, a book separate, not link'd with the rest nor felt by the intellect, but you ye untold latencies will thrill to every page. -- Walt Whitman
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Shut not your doors to me proud libraries. -- Walt Whitman
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Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then? -- Walt Whitman
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It is that something in the soul which says, - Rage on, whirl on, I tread master here and everywhere; master of the spasms of the sky and of the shatter of the sea, master of nature and passion and death, and of all terror and all pain. -- Walt Whitman
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The moon gives you light, and the bugles and the drums give you music, and my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. -- 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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Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest. -- Walt Whitman
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The real war will never get in the books. -- Walt Whitman
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There's no doubt that I've deserved my enemies, but I don't think I've deserved my friends. -- Walt Whitman
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Now, dearest comrade, lift me to your face,
We must separate awhileHere! take from my lips this kiss.
Whoever you are, I give it especially to you;
So long!And I hope we shall meet again. -- Walt Whitman
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This minute that comes
to me over the past
Decillions.
There is no better than it
And now. What behaves well
In the past or behaves well
To-day is not such a wonder.
The wonder is always and
Always how there can be
A mean man or an infidel. -- Walt Whitman
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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? -- Walt Whitman
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I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election. -- Walt Whitman
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Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me -- Walt Whitman
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Dazzling and tremendous how quick the sun-rise would kill me, if I could not now and always send sun-rise out of me. -- 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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The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night, Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation: The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer, I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky. -- Walt Whitman
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O lands! O all so dear to me - what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is. -- Walt Whitman
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Peace is always beautiful. -- Walt Whitman
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Be not ashamed women, ... You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul. -- Walt Whitman
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O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself. -- Walt Whitman
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Say on, sayers! sing on, singers! Delve! mould! pile the words of the earth! Work on, age after age, nothing is to be lost, It may have to wait long, but it will certainly come in use, When the materials are all prepared and ready, the architects shall appear. -- Walt Whitman
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Roaming in thought over the Universe, I saw the little that is
Good steadily hastening towards immortality,
And the vast all that is called Evil I saw hastening to merge itself and become lost and dead. -- Walt Whitman
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Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost; -- Walt Whitman
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Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. -- Walt Whitman
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All I mark as my own you shall offset it with your own,
Else it were time lost listening to me. -- Walt Whitman
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And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles -- Walt Whitman
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There will soon be no more priests ... They may wait awhile, perhaps a generation or two, dropping off by degrees. A superior breed shall take their place. A new order shall arise and they shall be the priests of man, and every man shall be his own priest. -- Walt Whitman
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Give me solitude - give me Nature - give me again, O Nature, your primal sanities! -- Walt Whitman
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Happiness, not in another place but this place ... not for another hour, but this hour. -- Walt Whitman
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All forces have been steadily employ'd to complete and delight me, Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul. -- Walt Whitman
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A simple separate person is not contained between his hat and his boots. -- Walt Whitman
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What a devil art thou, Poverty! How many desires - how many aspirations after goodness and truth - how many noble thoughts, loving wishes toward our fellows, beautiful imaginings thou hast crushed under thy heel, without remorse or pause! -- Walt Whitman
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Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever you are, Buds to be unfolded on the old terms; If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to you; If you become the aliment and the wet, they will become flowers, fruits, tall blanches and trees. -- Walt Whitman
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Though the live-oak glistens there in Louisiana solitary in a wide flat space,
Uttering joyous leaves all its life without a friend a lover near,
I know very well I could not."
- from "I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing -- Walt Whitman
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Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. -- Walt Whitman
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I will be your poet, I will be more to you than to any of the rest. -- Walt Whitman
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All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. It is not the violins and the cornets-it is not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone singer singing his sweet romanza-nor that of the women's chorus; it is nearer and farther than they. -- Walt Whitman
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Not one is dissatisfied ... not one is demented with the mania of owning things, Not -- Walt Whitman
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I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign'd by God's name ... -- Walt Whitman
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I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least. -- 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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To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do."

Me imperturbe -- Walt Whitman
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If anything is sacred,
the human body is sacred. -- Walt Whitman
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Surely whoever speaks to me in the right voice, him or her shall I follow. -- Walt Whitman
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I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contained between my hat and my boots, -- Walt Whitman
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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 -- Walt Whitman
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Sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together. -- Walt Whitman
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Sea of stretch'd ground-swells,
Sea breathing broad and convulsive breaths,
Sea of the brine of life and of unshovell'd yet always-ready graves,
Howler and scooper of storms, capricious and dainty sea,
I am integral with you, I too am of one phase and of all phases.
-- Walt Whitman
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Be not dishearten'd
Affection shall solve the problems of Freedom yet;
Those who love each other shall become invincible. -- Walt Whitman
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Mark the spirit of invention everywhere, thy rapid patents, Thy continual workshops, foundries, risen or rising, See, from their chimneys how the tall flame-fires stream. -- Walt Whitman
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O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up - for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle trills ... -- Walt Whitman
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Great is life ... and real and mystical ... wherever and whoever, Great is death ... Sure as life holds all parts together, death holds all parts together; Sure as the stars return again after they merge on the light, death is as great as life. -- Walt Whitman
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Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me. -- Walt Whitman
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From imperfection's murkiest cloud,
Darts always forth one ray of perfect light,
One flash of Heaven's glory."
-from "Song of the Universal -- Walt Whitman
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An electric chain seems to vibrate, as it were, between our brain and him or her preserved there [in a Daguerreotype] so well by the limner's cunning. Time, space, both are annihilated, and we identify the semblance with the reality. -- Walt Whitman
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The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. -- 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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Human bodies are words, myriads of words; In the best poems reappears the body, man's or woman's, well-shaped, natural, gay; -- 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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But a cluster containing night's darkness and blood-dripping wounds, And psalms of the dead. -- Walt Whitman
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Sail Forth- Steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring. I with thee and thou with me. For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared go. And we will risk the ship, ourselves, and all. -- Walt Whitman
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I inhale great draught of space...the east and west are mine...and the north and south are mine...I am grandeur than I thought...I did not know i held so much goodness. -- Walt Whitman
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Now understand me well
it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary. [from "Song of the Open Road"] -- Walt Whitman
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The sum of all known value and respect, I add up in you, whoever you are. -- 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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Long and long has the grass been growing,
Long and long has the rain been falling,
Long has the globe been rolling round. -- Walt Whitman
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Have you surpassed the rest? Are you the president? It doesn't matter. They will more than arrive there, every one, and still pass on. -- Walt Whitman
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I see that I am to wait for what will be exhibited by death. -- Walt Whitman
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Camerado, this is no book,
Who touches this touches a man,
(Is it night? are we here together alone?)
It is I you hold and who holds you,
I spring from the pages into your arms - decease calls me forth. -- Walt Whitman
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Have you not learned the most in your life from those with whom you disagreed - those who saw it differently from you? -- Walt Whitman
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I know perfectly well my own egotism,
And know my omnivorous words, and cannot say any less,
And would fetch you whoever you are flush with myself. -- Walt Whitman
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When I undertake to tell the best, I find I cannot. My tongue is ineffectual on its pivots, My breath will not be obedient to its organs, I become a dumb man. -- 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 mind how once we lay such a transparent summer morning, How you settled your head athwart my hips and gently turn'd over upon me, And parted the shirt from my bosom-bone, and plunged your tongue to my bare-stript heart, And reach'd till you felt my beard, and reach'd till you held my feet. -- Walt Whitman
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I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends. -- Walt Whitman
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I am an acme of things accomplished, and I am an encloser of things to be. -- Walt Whitman
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The work for giants ... to serve well the guns! -- Walt Whitman
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Man is about the same, in the main, whether with despotism, or whether with freedom. -- Walt Whitman
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Solitary the thrush,
The hermit withdrawn to himself, avoiding the
settlements,
Sings by himself a song.
Song of the bleeding throat! -- Walt Whitman
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O amazement of things-even the least particle! -- Walt Whitman
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Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give I give myself. -- Walt Whitman
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I visit the orchards of God and look at the spheric product
And look at quintillions ripened, and look at quintillions green. -- Walt Whitman
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I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men, I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers. -- Walt Whitman
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Day full-blown and splendid-day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter, The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and restoring darkness. -- Walt Whitman
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I know I am deathless...We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers, There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them. -- Walt Whitman
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O to be self-balanced for contingencies, to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do. -- Walt Whitman
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Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. -- Walt Whitman
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Copulation is no more foul to me than death is. -- Walt Whitman
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Now I see that there is no such thing as love unreturn'd. The pay is certain, one way or another. -- Walt Whitman
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The beautiful uncut hair of graves. -- Walt Whitman
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Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people. -- Walt Whitman
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Most works are most beautiful without ornament. -- Walt Whitman
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Day by day and night by night we were together - all else has long been forgotten by me. -- Walt Whitman
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The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing. -- Walt Whitman
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I sing the body that is electric! I celebrate the Self yet to be unveiled! -- Walt Whitman
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I open my scuttle at night and see the far-sprinkled systems, All all I see multiplied as high as I can cipher edge but the rim of the farther systems. Wider and wider they spread, expanding, always expanding, Outward and outward and forever outward. -- Walt Whitman
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Of all the earth her heart most full of sorrow because most full of love. -- Walt Whitman
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Great is language ... it is the mightiest of the sciences,
It is the fulness and color and form and diversity of the earth ... and of men and women ... and of all qualities and processes;
It is greater than wealth ... it is greater than buildings or ships or religions or paintings or music. -- Walt Whitman
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When I give, I give myself -- Walt Whitman
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I henceforth tread the world, chaste, temperate, an early riser, a steady grower. -- Walt Whitman
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Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us. -- Walt Whitman
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That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly wash again and ever again, this soiled world. -- Walt Whitman
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I do not ask who you are, that is not important to me, You can do nothing and be nothing but what I will infold you. -- Walt Whitman
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What will be will be well - for what is is well,
To take interest is well, and not to take interest is well. -- Walt Whitman
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Sure as the most certain sure, plumb in the uprights, well entretied, braced in the beams,
Stout as a horse, affectionate, haughty, electrical,
I and this mystery here we stand. -- Walt Whitman
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Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you. -- Walt Whitman
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A blade of grass is the journeywork of the stars -- 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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There will never be any more perfection than there is now. -- 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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My ties and ballasts leave me - I travel - I sail - My elbows rest in the sea-gaps. I skirt the sierras. My palms cover continents - I am afoot with my vision. -- Walt Whitman
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Either define the moment or the moment will define you. -- Walt Whitman
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Why should I be afraid to trust myself to you? I am not afraid, I have been well brought forward by you ... -- 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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Where are your combing seas, your blue water, your rollers, your breakers, your whales, or your waterspouts, and your endless motion, in this bit of a forest, child? -- Walt Whitman
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So here I sit in the early candle-light of old age-I and my book-casting backward glances over out travel'd road. -- Walt Whitman
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I have sometimes thought that the laws ought not to punish those actions of evil which are committed when the senses are steeped in intoxication. -- Walt Whitman
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Be composed
be at ease with me
I am Walt Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature, Not till the sun excludes you do I exclude you, Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you and the leaves to rustle for you, do my words refuse to glisten and rustle for you. -- Walt Whitman
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Youth, Day, Old Age and Night Youth, large, lusty, loving - youth full of grace, force, fascination, Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination? -- Walt Whitman
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The souls moving along ... are they invisible while the least atom of the stones is visible? -- Walt Whitman
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Wisdom is not finally tested by the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof. -- Walt Whitman
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Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. -- Walt Whitman
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And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels. -- Walt Whitman
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Touch me, touch the palm of your hand to my body as I pass,
Be not afraid of my body. -- Walt Whitman
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To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.
-- Walt Whitman
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O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent. -- Walt Whitman
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Why should I pray? Why should I venerate and be ceremonious? -- Walt Whitman
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O the blest eyes, the happy hearts,
That see, that know the guiding thread so fine,
Along the mighty labyrinth."
-from "Song of the Universal -- Walt Whitman
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This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat. -- Walt Whitman
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The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. -- Walt Whitman
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Has any one supposed it lucky to be born?
I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it. -- Walt Whitman
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A heroic person walks at his ease through and out of that custom or precedent or authority that suits him not. -- Walt Whitman
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THIS dust was once the Man, / Gentle, plain, just and resolute - under whose cautious hand, / Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age, / Was saved the Union of These States. -- Walt Whitman
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And as to you life, I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths, / No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. -- Walt Whitman
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Have you reckon'd a thousand acres much? have you reckon'd the earth much?
Have you practis'd so long to learn to read?
Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems? -- Walt Whitman
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O magnet-South! O glistening perfumed South! My South! O quick mettle, rich blood, impulse and love! Good and evil! O all dear to me! -- Walt Whitman
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the old name absorbs into me - MANNAHATTA, "the place encircled by many swift tides and sparkling waters. -- Walt Whitman
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The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it. -- 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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Something there is more immortal even than the stars. -- Walt Whitman
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I do not think seventy years is the time of a man or woman, Nor that seventy millions of years is the time of a man or woman, Nor that years will ever stop the existence of me, or any one else. -- Walt Whitman
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while they
discuss I am silent, and go bathe and admire myself.

Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and of
any man
hearty and clean,
Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is vile, and
none shall be
less familiar than the rest. -- Walt Whitman
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Perhaps the efforts of the true poets, founders, religions, literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times to come, essentially the same - to bring people back from their present strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless, average, divine, original concrete. -- Walt Whitman
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The untold want, by life and land ne'er granted,
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find. -- Walt Whitman
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How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed! -- Walt Whitman
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To speak in literature with the perfect rectitude and insouciance of the movements of animals and the unimpeachable of the sentiment of trees in the woods and grass by the roadside is the flawless triumph of art. -- 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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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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Of all mankind the great poet is the equable man. Not in him but off from him things are grotesque or eccentric or fail of their sanity. -- Walt Whitman
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The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give. -- Walt Whitman
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Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed. -- Walt Whitman
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And I or you pocketless of a dime, may purchase the pick of the earth. -- Walt Whitman
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I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable. -- Walt Whitman
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And a summit and flower there is the feeling they have for each other,
And they are to branch boundlessly out of that lesson until it becomes omnific,
And until one and all shall delight us, and we them. -- Walt Whitman
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A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls. -- Walt Whitman
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A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. -- Walt Whitman
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I speak the password primeval. -- Walt Whitman
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For who but I should understand love, with all its sorrow and joy? -- 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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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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I think I could always live with animals. The more you're around people, the more you love animals. -- Walt Whitman
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I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul. -- Walt Whitman
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Remember my words, I may again return,
I love you, I depart from materials,
I am as one disembodied, triumphant, dead. -- Walt Whitman
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The Americans, like the English, probably make love worse than any other race. -- Walt Whitman
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I love doctors and hate their medicine. -- Walt Whitman
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The past, the future, majesty, love - if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them. -- Walt Whitman
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I have loved many women and men, but I love none better than you."
-from "To You -- Walt Whitman
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Soothe! soothe! soothe!
Close on its wave soothes the wave behind,
And again another behind embracing and lapping, every one close,
But my love soothes not me, not me."
-from "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking -- Walt Whitman
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Dearest comrades, all is over and long gone, But love is not over ... -- Walt Whitman
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People who serve you without love get even behind your back. -- Walt Whitman
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Blind loving wrestling touch, sheath'd hooded sharp-tooth'd touch!
Did it make you ache so, leaving me? -- Walt Whitman
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Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful stroke! -- Walt Whitman
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You road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all that is here, I believe much unseen is also here -- Walt Whitman
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O the joy of my spirit
it is uncaged
it darts like lightning!
It is not enough to have this globe or a certain time,
I will have thousands of globes and all time. -- Walt Whitman
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When one reaches out to help another he touches the face of God. -- Walt Whitman
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The past and the present wilt. I have fill'd them, emptied them,
And proceed to fill my next fold of the future. -- Walt Whitman
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All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. -- Walt Whitman
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Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. -- Walt Whitman
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I hate commas in the wrong places. -- 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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If you want me again look for me under your boot soles. -- Walt Whitman
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There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man's bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die. -- Walt Whitman
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What has miserable, inefficient Mexico ... to do with the great mission of peopling the New World with a noble race? -- 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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He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher."
-from "Song of Myself -- Walt Whitman
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O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers! -- Walt Whitman
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I am the man, I suffered, I was there. -- Walt Whitman
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The orchestra whirls me wider than Uranus flies, It wrenches such ardors from me I did not know I possess'd them -- Walt Whitman
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And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul? -- Walt Whitman
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What stays with you longest and deepest? Of curious panics, of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains? -- 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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The youth lies awake in the cedar-roof'd garret and harks to the musical rain, -- Walt Whitman
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I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty. -- Walt Whitman
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My words itch at your ears till you understand them -- Walt Whitman
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What is commonest and cheapest and nearest and easiest is Me, Me going in for my chances, spending for vast returns, Adorning myself to bestow myself on the first that will take me, Not asking the sky to come down to my goodwill, Scattering if freely forever. -- Walt Whitman
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There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe. -- Walt Whitman
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Me imperturbe, standing at ease in nature. -- 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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Be curious not judgemental. -- Walt Whitman
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I do not say these things for a dollar, or to fill up the time while I wait for a boat; -- Walt Whitman
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I do not seek good fortune - I am good fortune! -- 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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Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be. -- Walt Whitman
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I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. -- Walt Whitman
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Joy, shipmate, joy! (Pleased to my soul at death I cry), Our life is closed, our life begins, The long, long anchorage we leave, The ship is clear at last, she leaps! She swiftly courses from the shore, Joy, shipmate, joy! -- Walt Whitman
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I celebrate myself, and sing myself. -- Walt Whitman
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We also ascend dazzling and tremendous as the sun,
We found our own O my soul in the calm and cool of the daybreak. -- Walt Whitman
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I refuse putting from me the best that I am. -- Walt Whitman
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What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is Me,
Me going in for my chances, spending for vast returns,
Adorning myself to bestow myself on the first that will take
me,
Not asking the sky to come down to my good will,
Scattering it freely forever. -- Walt Whitman
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To me, every cubic inch of space is a miracle. -- Walt Whitman
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Come I should like to hear you tell me what there is in yourself that is not just as wonderful,
And I should like to hear the name of anything between Sunday morning and Saturday night that is not just as wonderful. -- Walt Whitman
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Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. -- Walt Whitman
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Old age: The estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours into the Great Sea. -- Walt Whitman
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From this hour, freedom! Going where I like, my own master ... -- Walt Whitman
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What is a man anyhow? what am I? what are you? -- Walt Whitman
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The eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part of human institutions. -- Walt Whitman
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The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer ... -- Walt Whitman
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There is no flaw or vacuum in the amount of the truth - but all is truth without exception; And henceforth I will go celebrate any thing I see or am, And sing and laugh and deny nothing. -- Walt Whitman
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I swear I think there is nothing but immortality! -- Walt Whitman
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Gliding o'er all, through all,Through Nature, Time, and Space,
As a ship on the waters advancing,
The voyage of the soul - not life alone,
Death, many deaths I'll sing. -- Walt Whitman
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I do not snivel that snivel the world over,
That months are vacuums and the ground but wallow and filth,
That life is a suck and a sell, and nothing remains at the end but threadbare crape and tears. -- Walt Whitman
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Nothing endures but personal qualities. -- Walt Whitman
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The earth does not argue, Is not pathetic, has no arrangements, Does not scream, haste, persuade, threaten, promise, Makes no discriminations, has no conceivable failures, Closes nothing, refuses nothing, shuts none out. -- Walt Whitman
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If you see a good deal remarkable in me I see just as much remarkable in you. -- Walt Whitman
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Suddenly, out of its stale and drowsy air, the air of slaves,
Like lightning Europe le'pt forth,
Sombre, superb and terrible. -- Walt Whitman
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Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn, A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding; And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away. -- Walt Whitman
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I dance with the dancers. -- Walt Whitman
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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. -- Walt Whitman
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In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word. -- Walt Whitman
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Studying life, eh! Let him take care, studying human life is looking at the stars. If you look too close, there is a dazzle. -- Walt Whitman
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I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time. -- Walt Whitman
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I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all? -- Walt Whitman
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I will not descend among professors and capitalists.
-- Walt Whitman
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Their Presidents shall not be their common referee so much as their poets shall. -- Walt Whitman
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Of Equality
as if it harm'd me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself
as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same. -- Walt Whitman
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And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, and if each and all be aware I sit content. -- Walt Whitman
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Everybody is writing, writing, writing - worst of all, writing poetry. It'd be better if the whole tribe of the scribblers - every damned one of us - were sent off somewhere with tool chests to do some honest work. -- Walt Whitman
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The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. -- Walt Whitman
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To me the converging objects of the universe perpetually flow, -- Walt Whitman
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I am the poet of the woman the same as the man, And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man, And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of a man. -- Walt Whitman
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The road to wisdom is paved with excess.
The mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange. -- Walt Whitman
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I do not doubt but the majest and beauty of the world are latent
in any iota of the world;
I do not doubt there is far more in trivialities, insects,
vulgar persons, slaves, dwarfs, weeds, rejected refuse than
I have supposed. -- Walt Whitman
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I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones. -- Walt Whitman
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You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin , or even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things. -- Walt Whitman
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The words of my book are nothing, the drift of it everything. -- Walt Whitman
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Uttering joyous leaves all its life without a friend a lover near,
I know very well I could not. -- Walt Whitman
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I say no body of men are fit to make Presidents, judges and generals, unless they themselves supply the best specimens of the same; and that supplying one or two such specimens illuminates the whole body for a thousand years. -- Walt Whitman
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Liberty is to be subserved, whatever occurs. -- Walt Whitman
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Forsake all inhibitions, Pursue thy dreams. -- Walt Whitman
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Do you see O my brothers and sisters? It is not chaos or death, it is form, union, plan, it is eternal life, it is happiness. -- Walt Whitman
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He cleanest expression is that which finds no sphere worthy of itself and makes one -- Walt Whitman
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I keep thinking about you every few minutes all day. -- Walt Whitman
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Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more than all my other poems -- Walt Whitman
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A great poem is no finish to a man or woman but rather a beginning. -- 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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As to me,I know of nothing but miracles. -- Walt Whitman
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Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden. It has brought me blessed returns. -- Walt Whitman
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The President eats dirt and excrement for his daily meals, likes it and tries to force it on The States. -- Walt Whitman
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A man is a great thing upon the earth and through eternity; but every jot of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman. -- Walt Whitman
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Stout as a horse -- Walt Whitman
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Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves? -- Walt Whitman
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Sun so generous it shall be you- Leaves of Grass -- Walt Whitman
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Undrape! you are not guilty to me, nor stale nor discarded,
I see through the broadcloth and gingham whether or no,
And am around, tenacious, acquisitive, tireless, and cannot be shaken away. -- Walt Whitman
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I have learned that to be with those I like is enough -- Walt Whitman
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Great is the faith of the flush of knowledge and of the investigation of the depths of qualities and things. -- Walt Whitman
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The greatest poet does not moralize or make applications of morals ... he knows the soul. The soul has that measureless pride which consists in never acknowledging any lessons but its own. -- Walt Whitman
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The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very well where they are, I know they suffice for those who belong to them. -- Walt Whitman
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All truths wait in all things,/They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it -- Walt Whitman
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The truth is simple. If it was complicated, everyone would understand it. -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touched from; The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer, This head is more than churches or bibles or creeds. -- Walt Whitman
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Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road. -- Walt Whitman
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I see the cliffs, glaciers, torrents, valleys of Switzerland - I mark the long winters and the isolation. -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- 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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Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space. -- Walt Whitman
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TO the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever after-ward resumes its liberty. -- 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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Books are to be called for and supplied on the assumption that the process of reading is not a half-sleep, but in the highest sense an exercise, a gymnastic struggle; that the reader is to do something for himself. -- Walt Whitman
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Stand up for the Crazy and Stupid -- Walt Whitman
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I accept Time absolutely.
It alone is without flaw,
It alone rounds and completes all,
That mystic baffling wonder. -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me -- Walt Whitman
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But the people are ungrammatical, untidy, and their sins gaunt and ill-bred. -- Walt Whitman
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What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? -- Walt Whitman
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Be curious, not judgmental. -- Walt Whitman
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Of all races and eras these States with veins full of poetical stuff most need poets, -- Walt Whitman
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Loafe with me on the grass - loose the stop from your throat;
Not words, not music or rhyme I want - not custom or lecture, not even the best;
Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice.
-- Walt Whitman
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I will make the poems of materials, for I think they are to be the most spiritual poems; And I will make the poems of my body and of mortality, For I think I shall then supply myself with the poems of my soul, and of immortality. -- Walt Whitman
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O Earth, that hast no voice, confide to me a voice!
O harvest of my lands! O boundless summer growths!
O lavish, brown, parturient earth! O infinite, teeming womb!
A verse to seek, to see, to narrate thee. -- Walt Whitman
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What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life. -- Walt Whitman
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I accept Reality and dare not question it, Materialism first and last imbuing. -- Walt Whitman
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Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself. -- Walt Whitman
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I believe that much unseen is also here. -- Walt Whitman
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I swear I will never henceforth have to do with the faith that tells the best!
I will have to do only with that faith that leaves the best untold. -- Walt Whitman
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And I know that the hand of God is the elderhand of my own,
And I know that the spirit of God is the eldest brother of my own,
And that all the men ever born are also my brothers ... and the women my sisters and lovers -- Walt Whitman
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The future is no more uncertain than the present. -- Walt Whitman
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Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable crowd is gathered, it is the fourth of Seventh-month, (what salutes of cannon and small arms! -- Walt Whitman
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I see great things in baseball. -- Walt Whitman
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There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he looked upon, that object he became ... -- Walt Whitman
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Know'st thou not there is but one theme for ever-enduring bards? And that is the theme of War, the fortune of battles, The making of perfect soldiers. -- Walt Whitman
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I meet new Walt Whitmans everyday. There are a dozen of them afloat. I don't know which Walt Whitman I am. -- Walt Whitman
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A man can be a hero in any profession -- Walt Whitman
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I will go to the bank by the wood, and become undisguised and naked; -- Walt Whitman
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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? -- Walt Whitman
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Life breaks into beauty again and we realize that man may bring hell itself into the world, but that Nature ever patiently waits to be his natural paradise. -- Walt Whitman
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Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. -- Walt Whitman
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I see behind each mask that wonder a kindred soul ... -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me. -- Walt Whitman
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O I see life is not short but immeasurably long"
-from "Myself and Mine -- Walt Whitman
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In the faces of men and women, I see God. -- Walt Whitman
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Have you ever loved the body of a woman?
Have you ever loved the body of a man?
Do you not see that these are exactly the same to all in all nations and all times all over the earth? -- Walt Whitman
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Like a stone dropped into a pond, an article of that sort may spread out its concentric circles of consequences. -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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For all these new and evolutionary facts, meanings, purposes, new poetic messages, new forms and expressions, are inevitable. -- Walt Whitman
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Where the earth is, we are. -- Walt Whitman
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Over all the sky - the sky! Far, far out of reach, studded with eternal stars. -- 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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Unscrew the locks from the doors !
Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs ! -- Walt Whitman
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Lack one lacks both, and the unseen is proved by the seen,
Till that becomes unseen and receives proof in its turn. -- Walt Whitman
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The art of art ... is simplicity. -- Walt Whitman
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I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul,
The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me,
The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate
into a new tongue.
-- Walt Whitman
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Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? -- Walt Whitman
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The strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung -- Walt Whitman
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You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side ... The Bending forward and backward of the rowers ... -- Walt Whitman
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I do not call one greater and one smaller, that which fills it period and place is equal to any. -- Walt Whitman
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Out of every fruition of success, no matter what, comes forth something to make a new effort necessary. -- Walt Whitman
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All music is is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. -- Walt Whitman
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If you done it, it ain't bragging. -- Walt Whitman
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I will You, in all, Myself, with promise to never desert you,
To which I sign my name. -- Walt Whitman
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Clear and sweet is my soul ... and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. Lack -- Walt Whitman
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I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing. -- 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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Do not descend amongst professors or capitalists. -- Walt Whitman
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Many a good man I have seen go under. -- Walt Whitman
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But where is what I started for so long ago?
And why is it yet unfound? -- Walt Whitman
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A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing lacking. -- Walt Whitman
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is that the President? Then I will sleep awhile yet, for I see that these States sleep, -- Walt Whitman
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Agonies are one of my changes of garments. -- Walt Whitman
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I exist as I am, that is enough. -- Walt Whitman
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I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world. -- Walt Whitman
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I dream in my dream all the dreams of the other dreamers,
And I become the other dreamers. -- Walt Whitman
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There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. -- Walt Whitman
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What beauty there is in words; what a lurking curious charm in the sound some words. -- Walt Whitman
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I sing the body electric. -- Walt Whitman
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There can be no theory of any account unless it corroborate with the theory of the earth. -- Walt Whitman
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WOMEN sit, or move to and fro - some old, some young;
The young are beautiful - but the old are more beautiful than the young. -- Walt Whitman
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In all people I see myself - none more, and not one a barleycorn less; And the good or bad I say of myself, I say of them. -- Walt Whitman
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Produce great men, the rest follows. -- Walt Whitman
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O America! Because you build for mankind I build for you. -- Walt Whitman
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Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling. -- Walt Whitman
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Resist much, obey little. -- Walt Whitman
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The thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the marrow in the bones,
The exquisite realization of health;
O I say these are not the parts and poems of the body only, but of the soul,
O I say now these are the soul! -- Walt Whitman
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As soon as histories are properly told there is no more need of romances. -- Walt Whitman
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My voice goes after what my eyes cannot reach, with the twirl of my tongue I encompass words and volumes of words -- Walt Whitman
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Freedom: to walk free and own no superior -- Walt Whitman
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And I will show of male and female that either is but the equal of the other. -- Walt Whitman
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I am large, I contain multitudes -- Walt Whitman
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I am not contain'd between my hat and boots. -- Walt Whitman
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Simplicity is the glory of expression. -- Walt Whitman
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All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it; -- Walt Whitman
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I swear I see what is better than to tell the best,
It is always to leave the best untold."
-from "A Song of the Rolling Earth -- Walt Whitman
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You will hardly know who I am or what I mean -- Walt Whitman
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It is a beautiful truth that all men contain something of the artist in them. And perhaps it is the case that the greatest artists live and die, the world and themselves alike ignorant what they possess. -- Walt Whitman
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Give me such shows
give me the streets of Manhattan! -- Walt Whitman
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The poet is individual - he is complete in himself: the others are as good as he; only he sees it, and they do not. -- Walt Whitman
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I dote on myself. There is a lot of me and all so luscious. -- Walt Whitman
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I tramp a perpetual journey. -- Walt Whitman
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Praised be the fathomless universe, for life and joy, and for objects and knowledge curious. -- Walt Whitman
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However convenient this dwelling, we cannot remain here. -- Walt Whitman
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I announce adhesiveness-I say it shall be limitless, unloosen'd;
I say you shall yet find the friend you were looking for. -- Walt Whitman
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I am enamour'd of growing out-doors, Of men that live among cattle or taste of the ocean or woods, -- Walt Whitman
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An individual is as superb as a nation when he has the qualities which make a superb nation. -- Walt Whitman
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Hurrah for positive science! long live exact demonstration! -- Walt Whitman
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Do anything, but let it produce joy. -- Walt Whitman
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See ever so far, there is limitless space outside of that,
Count ever so much, there is limitless time around that."
-from "Song of Myself -- Walt Whitman
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When the materials are ready, the architects shall appear. -- Walt Whitman
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Do you guess I have some intricate purpose? Well I have, for the Fourth-month showers have, and the mica on the side of a rock has. -- Walt Whitman
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The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung. -- Walt Whitman
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I have hardly gone and hardly wish'd to go any farther. -- Walt Whitman
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The best writing has no lace on its sleeves. -- Walt Whitman
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The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything. -- Walt Whitman
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The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken. -- Walt Whitman
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Here is not merely a nation but a teeming nation of nations. -- Walt Whitman
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Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless-each of us with his or her right upon the earth. -- Walt Whitman
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I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out. -- Walt Whitman
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The press of my foot to the earth springs a hundred affections,
They scorn the best I can do to relate them. -- Walt Whitman
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There is no God any more divine than Yourself. -- Walt Whitman
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I am not contain'd between my hat and my boots. -- Walt Whitman
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I swear I begin to see the meaning of these things. It is not the earth, it is not America, who is so great, it is I who am great or to be great ... -- Walt Whitman
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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. -- Walt Whitman
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I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. -- Walt Whitman
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It makes such difference where you read -- Walt Whitman
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I speak the password primeval; I give the sign of democracy. -- Walt Whitman
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I loafe and invite my soul. -- Walt Whitman
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Under the specious pretext of effecting 'the happiness of the whole community,' nearly all the wrongs and intrusions of government has been carried through. -- Walt Whitman
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Caution seldom goes far enough. -- Walt Whitman
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O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last! -- Walt Whitman
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America doesn't know today how proud she ought to be of her Ingersoll. -- Walt Whitman
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I permit to speak at every hazard, br> Nature without check with original energy -- Walt Whitman