Walt Whitman Quotes

Nothing endures but personal qualities.

~ Walt Whitman

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.

~ Walt Whitman

The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.

~ Walt Whitman

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

~ Walt Whitman

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

~ Walt Whitman

Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.

~ Walt Whitman

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

~ Walt Whitman

Answer That you are here---that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

~ Walt Whitman

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.

~ Walt Whitman

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

~ Walt Whitman

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