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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

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The arriving...
WALT WHITMAN
The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged-- keep on-- there are divi...
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The butcher in his killing clothes.
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In the faces of men and women I see God.
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Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful strokes.
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Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for th...
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Where the katydid works her chromatic reed on the walnut-tree over the well.
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Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
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If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.
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Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in ...
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And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
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After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found t...
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The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
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O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I...
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There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he becam...
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I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.

All seems bea...
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We convince by our presence.
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I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belon...
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What do you think has become of the young and old men?
What do you think has become of the women ...
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Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.
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It is only the novice in political economy who thinks it is the duty of government to make its citiz...
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Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.
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God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up...
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Seeing, hearing and feeling are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
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Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes.
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Simplicity is the glory of expression
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In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single w...
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