80+ Best Walt Whitman Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. Profoundly inspirational Walt Whitman quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Walt Whitman Quotes

From this hour, freedom! Going where I like, my own master…

It makes such difference where you read

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

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.

God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards.

Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.

The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.

Logic and sermons never convince, the damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.

I am large, I contain multitudes.

If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.

If you done it, it ain’t bragging.

I swear I begin to see the meaning of these things. It is not the earth, it is not America, who is so great, it is I who am great or to be great…

I do not say these things for a dollar, or to fill up the time while I wait for a boat;

Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.

I am satisfied… I see, dance, laugh, sing.

If you see a good deal remarkable in me I see just as much remarkable in you.

When the materials are ready, the architects shall appear.

There is no God any more divine than Yourself.

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.

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?

Inspirational Walt Whitman Quotes

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.

All I mark as my own you shall offset it with your own, else it were time lost listening to me.

All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain.

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.

… is that the President? Then I will sleep awhile yet, for I see that these States sleep.

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

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

There will never be any more perfection than there is now.

Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough.

I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.

Be curious, not judgmental.

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.

Either define the moment or the moment will define you.

A blade of grass is the journeywork of the stars

These are the days that must happen to you.

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

To have great poets,  there must be great audiences.

The truth is simple. If it was complicated, everyone would understand it.

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

Do anything, but let it produce joy.

Be curious, not judgemental.

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?

What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.

In the faces of men and women, I see God.

Amazing Walt Whitman Quotes

Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.

A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls.

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

I exist as I am, that is enough.

And accrue what I hear into myself…and let sound contribute toward me.

I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.

Your very flesh shall be a great poem…

Every hour of every day is an unspeakably perfect miracle.

Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

Only themselves understand themselves and the like of themselves, As souls only understand souls.

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.

You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.

The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.

Simplicity is the glory of expression.

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.

The sum of all known value and respect, I add up in you, whoever you are.

To me, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.

The clock indicates the moment…but what does eternity indicate?

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.

Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.

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

The road to wisdom is paved with excess. The mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange.

We were together. I forget the rest.

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,

And as to be, I know nothing else but miracles.

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

I refuse putting from me the best that I am.

The future is no more uncertain than the present.

Base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character.

I believe in all that – in baseball, in picnics, in freedom.

It seems to me that everything in the light and air ought to be happy; / Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough.

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..

To know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for traveling souls.

If anything is sacred the human body is sacred.

And that all the things of the universe are perfect miracles, each as profound as any.

My voice goes after what my eyes cannot reach, with the twirl of my tongue I encompass words and volumes of words.

When one reaches out to help another he touches the face of God.

I inhale great draught of space…the east and west are mine…and the north and south are mine…I am grandeur than I thought…I did not know i held so much goodness.

Peace is always beautiful.

Sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together.

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