Walter “Walt” Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A 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. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.
1. EVERY MOMENT OF LIGHT AND DARK IS A MIRACLE.
2. KEEP YOUR FACE ALWAYS TOWARD THE SUNSHINE – AND SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU.
3. DO I CONTRADICT MYSELF? VERY WELL, THEN I CONTRADICT MYSELF, I AM LARGE, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.
4. I NO DOUBT DESERVED MY ENEMIES, BUT I DON’T BELIEVE I DESERVED MY FRIENDS.
5. I AM AS BAD AS THE WORST, BUT, THANK GOD, I AM AS GOOD AS THE BEST.
6. RE-EXAMINE ALL THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD… DISMISS THAT WHICH INSULTS YOUR SOUL.
7. THERE IS NO WEEK NOR DAY NOR HOUR WHEN TYRANNY MAY NOT ENTER UPON THIS COUNTRY, IF THE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR ROUGHNESS AND SPIRIT OF DEFIANCE.
8. I HAVE LEARNED THAT TO BE WITH THOSE I LIKE IS ENOUGH.
9. WHEN I GIVE, I GIVE MYSELF.
10. I EXIST AS I AM, THAT IS ENOUGH.
11. I SEE GREAT THINGS IN BASEBALL. IT’S OUR GAME – THE AMERICAN GAME.
12. IN THE CONFUSION WE STAY WITH EACH OTHER, HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER, SPEAKING WITHOUT UTTERING A SINGLE WORD.
13. IF YOU DONE IT, IT AIN’T BRAGGING.
14. A MORNING-GLORY AT MY WINDOW SATISFIES ME MORE THAN THE METAPHYSICS OF BOOKS.