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I tramp the perpetual journey
My signs are a rain-proof coat, good shoes, and a staff cut from the
woods,
No friend of mine takes his ease in my chair,
I have no chair, no philosophy,
I lead no man to a dinner-table, library, exchange,
But each man and each woman of you I lead upon a knoll,
My left hand hooking you round the waist,
My right hand pointing to landscapes of continents and the public
road.

Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.

It is not far, it is within reach,
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know,
Perhaps it is everywhere on water and on land.

Shoulder your duds dear son, and I will mine, and let us hasten
forth,
Wonderful cities and free nations we shall fetch as we go.

If you tire, give me both burdens, and rest the chuff of your hand
on my hip,
And in due time you shall repay the same service to me,
For after we start we never lie by again.

This day before dawn I ascended a hill and look'd at the crowded
heaven,
And I said to my spirit When we become the enfolders of those orbs,
and the pleasure and knowledge of every thing in them, shall we
be fill'd and satisfied then?
And my spirit said No, we but level that lift to pass and continue
beyond.

You are also asking me questions and I hear you,
I answer that I cannot answer, you must find out for yourself.

Sit a while dear son,
Here are biscuits to eat and here is milk to drink,
But as soon as you sleep and renew yourself in sweet clothes, I kiss
you with a good-by kiss and open the gate for your egress
hence.

Long enough have you dream'd contemptible dreams,
Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every
moment of your life.

Long have you timidly waded holding a plank by the shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea, rise again, nod to me, shout,
and laughingly dash with your hair.


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WALT WHITMAN
All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supp...
WALT WHITMAN
The great poems, Shakespeare's included, are poisonous to the idea of the pride and dignity of the c...
WALT WHITMAN
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world
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Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me
WALT WHITMAN
The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.
WALT WHITMAN
Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name...
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I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to...
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The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very wel...
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A great city is that which has the greatest men and women
WALT WHITMAN
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death
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I accept reality and dare not question it
WALT WHITMAN
It [baseball] will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical ...
WALT WHITMAN
A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the chil...
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All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. If the greatnesses are in conjunction i...
WALT WHITMAN
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom b...
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Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless - each of us with his or her right upon the earth; Each ...
WALT WHITMAN
Pour down your warmth great sun!
WALT WHITMAN
Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you, / You must travel it for yourself.
WALT WHITMAN
It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
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I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, a...
WALT WHITMAN
America's game: has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere - belongs as much to our institu...
WALT WHITMAN
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how...
WALT WHITMAN
I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.
WALT WHITMAN
I Think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost .
The body sluggish, aged, cold...
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He is a type of our best ...
WALT WHITMAN The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its am...
WALT WHITMAN
Resist much, obey little.
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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.
WALT WHITMAN
To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and signi...
WALT WHITMAN
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
WALT WHITMAN
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
WALT WHITMAN
The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still ...
WALT WHITMAN
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
WALT WHITMAN
I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.
WALT WHITMAN
O lands! O all so dear to me -- what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is.
WALT WHITMAN
...The city fireman-the fire that suddenly bursts forth in the close-pack'd square,
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.
WALT WHITMAN
Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for th...
WALT WHITMAN
Where the katydid works her chromatic reed on the walnut-tree over the well.
WALT WHITMAN
Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
WALT WHITMAN
If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.
WALT WHITMAN
Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in ...
WALT WHITMAN
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
WALT WHITMAN
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found t...
WALT WHITMAN
The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
WALT WHITMAN
O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I...
WALT WHITMAN
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.
WALT WHITMAN
I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belon...
WALT WHITMAN
What do you think has become of the young and old men?
What do you think has become of the women ...
WALT WHITMAN
Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.
WALT WHITMAN
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.
WALT WHITMAN
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.
WALT WHITMAN
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes.
WALT WHITMAN
Simplicity is the glory of expression
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