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When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wandered off by myself, in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars.


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I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to ...
WALT WHITMAN
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
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To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and signi...
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A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
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Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
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The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still ...
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A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
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I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.
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O lands! O all so dear to me -- what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is.
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...The city fireman-the fire that suddenly bursts forth in the close-pack'd square,
The arriving...
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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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