Quotes by Walt Whitman

"Resist much, obey little."

"What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life."

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."


Books by Walt Whitman

  • Leaves of Grass
  • 94,280 ratings
  • August 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster

    (first published July 1st 1855)

  • Song of Myself
  • 12,638 ratings
  • January 1st 2006 by Digireads.com

    (first published 1856)

  • Poetry and Prose
  • 7,226 ratings
  • 1996 by Library of America

    (first published 1982)

  • The Complete Poems
  • 4,125 ratings
  • August 26th 2004 by Penguin Classics

    (first published January 1st 1902)

Walt Whitman
  • Walt Whitman

  • Date of birth: May 31, 1819
  • Died: March 26, 1892
  • Born: in West Hills, Huntington, Long Island, New York, The United States.

  • Description: Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

    Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842).

    After working as clerk, teacher, journalist and laborer, Whitman wrote his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, pioneering free verse poetry in a humanistic celebration of humanity, in 1855. Emerson, whom Whitman revered, said of Leaves of Grass that it held "incomparable things incomparably said." During the Civil War, Whitman worked as an army nurse, later writing Drum Taps (1865) and Memoranda During the War (1867). His health compromised by the experience, he was given work at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. After a stroke in 1873, which left him partially paralyzed, Whitman lived his next 20 years with his brother, writing mainly prose, such as Democratic Vistas (1870). Leaves of Grass was published in nine editions, with Whitman elaborating on it in each successive edition. In 1881, the book had the compliment of being banned by the commonwealth of Massachusetts on charges of immorality. A good friend of Robert Ingersoll, Whitman was at most a Deist who scorned religion. D. 1892.More: http://www.whitmanarchive.org/http://philosopedia.org/index.php/Wal...http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/126http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/w...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Whi...http://www.poemhunter.com/walt-whitman/