The Wisdom of Walt Whitman


  • Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.
  • To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
  • I exist as I am, that is enough.
  • When I give, I give myself.
  • Be curious, not judgmental.
  • A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
  • To have great poets, there must be great audiences.


More Walt Whitman Wisdom

“Resist much, obey little.”

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.”

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”

“And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.”

“Peace is always beautiful.”

“God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards.”

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

“The future is no more uncertain than the present.”

‘“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained;
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God;
Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.”