42 Inspiring Quotes by American Poet Walt Whitman

Collection of famous quotes by American poet Walt Whitman.

Walt Whitman 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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Best Quotes by Walt Whitman

The art of art the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity.

— Walt Whitman

The beauty of independence departure actions that rely on themselves.

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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.

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

— Walt Whitman

And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

— Walt Whitman

Freedom – to walk free and own no superior.

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

The future is no more uncertain than the present.

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

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?

— Walt Whitman

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.

— Walt Whitman

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

— Walt Whitman

A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.

— Walt Whitman

To have great poets there must be great audiences.

— Walt Whitman

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.

— Walt Whitman

Produce great men the rest follows.

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

We convince by our presence.

— Walt Whitman

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?

— Walt Whitman

A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.

— Walt Whitman

Produce great men the rest follows.

— Walt Whitman

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

— Walt Whitman

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

— Walt Whitman

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

— Walt Whitman

To have great poets there must be great audiences.

— Walt Whitman

There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.

— Walt Whitman

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.

— Walt Whitman

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

— Walt Whitman

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.

— Walt Whitman

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before Or else I am awake for the first time and all before has been a mean sleep.

— Walt Whitman

Here or henceforward it is all the same to me I accept Time absolutely.

— Walt Whitman

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

— Walt Whitman

The real war will never get in the books.

— Walt Whitman

A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.

— Walt Whitman

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