Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. Much of his work was considered controversial in its time, and he received little public acclaim for his poems during his lifetime. Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and — in addition to publishing his poetry — was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War.
Quotes by Walt Whitman…
I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give I give myself.
It is time to explain myself… let us stand up.
There are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.
Now understand me well — it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary… the road is before us! It is safe… I have tried it.
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me… leading wherever I choose.
This is the meal equally set, this is the meat for natural hunger, it is for the wicked just the same as the righteous, I make appointment with all, I will not have a single person slighted or kept away.
Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost, no birth, identity, form — no object in the world, nor life, nor any visible thing; appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain. Ample are time and space — ample the fields of Nature.
What do you suppose will satisfy the soul except to walk free and own no superior?
A heroic person walks at his ease through and out of that custom or precedent or authority that suits him not.
I exist as I am — that is enough. If no other in the world be aware, I sit content.