Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.— Walt Whitman
The most pioneering Walt Whitman quotes that are glad to read
Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour.
We were together. I forget the rest.
Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
I tramp a perpetual journey.
Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.
Be curious, not judgmental.
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.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.
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.
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
Resist much, obey little.
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.
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.
When one reaches out to help another he touches the face of God.
Be curious, bot judgmental.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
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.
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road.
Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose. Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune. Henceforth, I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
O captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done.
The ship has weather'd every wrack The prize we sought is won The port is near, the bells I hear The people all exulting While follow eyes, the steady keel The vessel grim and daring But Heart! Heart! Heart! O the bleeding drops of red Where on the deck my captain lies Fallen cold and dead.
If you done it, it aint bragging.
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
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.
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.
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?
I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find."
I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell
Resist much, obey little.
Dismiss whatever insults your soul.
NOT I - NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.
Be not ashamed women, ... You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.
Old age: The estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours into the Great Sea.
If you done it, it ain't bragging.
Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless-each of us with his or her right upon the earth.
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.
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.
Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.
Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.
I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable.
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?
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.
If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred.
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.
In the faces of men and women, I see God.
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.
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.
These are the days that must happen to you.
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.