Zitat des Tages von Walt Whitman:
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then?
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all?
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
Be curious, not judgmental.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual.
There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.
Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
When I give I give myself.
Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
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.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.
And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
The future is no more uncertain than the present.
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
Produce great men, the rest follows.