Walt Whitman

United States poet who celebrated the greatness of America (1819-1892)

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A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheefully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait... And as to you, Life, I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths, (No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.)
Answer That you are here---that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
Do I contradict myself Very well then I contradict myself,
Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines, Going where I list, my own master total and absolute, Listening to others, considering well what they say, Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating, Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.
Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
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 celebrate myself, and sing myself.
I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.
I exist as I am, that is enough.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
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.
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
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.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game--the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.
I send no agent or medium, offer no representative of value,
If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
Judging from the main portion of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Lack one lacks both, and the unseen is proved by the seen, Till that becomes unseen and receives proof in its turn.
My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
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.
Produce great men, the rest follows.
Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.
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
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.
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.
The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven.
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?

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