Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

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

Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you, you must travel it for yourself.

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.

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

Seeing, hearing, feeling are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

The real war will never get in the books.

The beauty of independence departure actions that rely on themselves.

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.

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?

To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.

Copulation is no more foul to me than death is.

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.

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Be curious not judgmental.

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?

To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.

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?

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