31 Splendid Walt Whitman Quotes

Walt Whitman was an American poet and journalist. Known for incorporating many viewpoints into his works from realism to transcendentalism, Whitman was a well respected individual for his time. He won awards and published multiple defining works. Here is a look at some of the best Walt Whitman quotes from the wisdom he shared.

“And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

“Be curious, not judgmental.”

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

“Either define the moment or the moment will define you.”

“Every hour of every day is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.”


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

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

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

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

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

“I exist as I am, that is enough.”

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

“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.”

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long.”

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

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

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

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

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”

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

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

“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.”

“The ecstasy is so short but the forgetting is so long.”

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

“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.”

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

“We convince by our presence.”

“We were together. I forget the rest.”

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

“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.”

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