Words matter. These are the best Walt Whitman Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
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.
To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.
When I give I give myself.
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.
Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
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.
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.
Be curious, not judgmental.
Freedom – to walk free and own no superior.
To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.
He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
We convince by our presence.
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 exist as I am, that is enough.
The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.
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.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
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.
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
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?
There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.
And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.
I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
Produce great men, the rest follows.
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.
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.