Walt Whitman Quotes

Walt Whitman Quotes

Walt Whitman Quotes

Walt Whitman Quotes

Walt Whitman Quotes

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.

 

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable.

 

The head of the money-maker that plotted all day sleeps,

 

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.

 

I see that I am to wait for what will be exhibited by death.

 

Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep for the dead I loved so well.

 

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.

 

And as to you Death, and you bitter hug of mortality, it is idle to try to alarm me…. And as to you corpse, I think you are good manure, but that does not offend me, I smell the white roses sweet-scented and growing, I reach to the leafy lips — I reach to the polished breasts of melons. And as to you life, I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths, No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The female that loves unrequited sleeps,

 

What do you think has become of the young and old men? And what do you think has become of the women and children? They are alive and well somewhere, The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it, And ceas’d the moment life appear’d. All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.

 

And the male that loves unrequited sleeps,

 

And the enraged and treacherous dispositions, all, all sleep.

 

I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love.

 

Now I see that there is no such thing as love unreturn’d. The pay is certain, one way or another.

 

I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained; I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition; They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins; They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God; Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things; Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago; Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.

 

Sometimes with one I love, I fill myself with rage, for fear I effuse unreturn’d love; But now I think there is no unreturn’d love—the pay is certain, one way or another; (I loved a certain person ardently, and my love was not return’d; Yet out of that, I have written these songs.)

 

As soon as histories are properly told there is no more need of romances.

 

I cannot too often repeat that Democracy is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite awakened, notwithstanding the resonance and the many angry tempests out of which its syllables have come, from pen or tongue. It is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten because that history has yet to be enacted.

 

Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others… And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

 

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.

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Walt Whitman Song Myself Quotes

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.

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, death and the stars.

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.

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.
Amazing Love Quotes by Walt Whitman

Be not dishearten’d — Affection shall solve the problems of Freedom yet; Those who love each other shall become invincible.

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?

Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the argument of the earth, And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own, And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a kelson of the creation is love.

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 Quotes on America (USA)

Americans should know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for travelling souls.

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.

Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.

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.

Short Walt Whitman Quotes about Nature

The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged – keep on – there are divine things, well envelop’d; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.

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.

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.

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman Quotes on New York

man’s bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die.

There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a

Great Quotes on Happiness by Walt Whitman

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.

Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.

The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.

Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass Quotations

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre your blood. Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you.

All truths wait in all things.

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 Quotes on Animals

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.

This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals…

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long.

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long.
Walt Whitman We Were Together Quotes

In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.

Our culture is what we did together. What did Walt Whitman represent for all of us? What was his message to us? That is an inheritance, and when we squander that inheritance we act outside. We don’t know who we are; we don’t know where we are.

WE two boys together clinging, One the other never leaving, Up and down the roads going, North and South excursions making, Power enjoying, elbows stretching, fingers clutching, Arm’d and fearless, eating, drinking, sleeping, loving. No law less than ourselves owning, sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening, Misers, menials, priests alarming, air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or the sea-beach dancing, Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feebleness chasing, Fulfilling our foray.

We were together. I forget the rest.

Great Walt Whitman Quotes on Death

If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

O joy of suffering! To struggle against great odds! to meet enemies undaunted! To be entirely alone with them! to find how much one can stand! To look strife, torture, prison, popular odium, death, face to face! To mount the scaffold! to advance to the muzzles of guns with perfect nonchalance! To be indeed a God!

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.

Inspirational Life Quotes by Walt Whitman

We convince by our presence.

Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep for the dead I loved so well.

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