Walt Whitman Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Walt Whitman quotes, Walt Whitman sayings, and Walt Whitman proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Do anything, but let it produce joy. Walt Whitman
An old man's thought of School; / An old man, gathering youthful memories and blooms, that youth itself cannot. / Now only do I know you! / O fair auroral skies! O morning dew upon the grass! / And these I see--these sparkling eyes, / These stores of mystic meaning--these young lives, / Building, equipping, like a fleet of ships--immortal ships! /Soon to sail out over the measureless seas, / On the Soul's voyage. Walt Whitman
The true words do not fail, for motion does not fail, and reflection does not fail; Walt Whitman
With perfect health, there are no low spirits and cannot be. Walt Whitman
Whoever you are, holding me now in hand, / Without one thing, all will be useless,/ I give you fair warning, before you attempt me further, /I am not what you supposed, but far different. Walt Whitman
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. Walt Whitman
I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. Walt Whitman
All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, and to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. Walt Whitman
Singing something yet unfound, though I have diligently sought it, many a long year; singing the true song of the Soul, fitful, at random; singing what, to the Soul, entirely redeem'd her, the faithful one. Walt Whitman
Singing my days, singing the great achievements of the present. Walt Whitman
We were together. I forget the rest. Walt Whitman
I hear quick rifle-cracks from the riflemen of East Tennessee and Kentucky, hunting on hills. Walt Whitman
To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler . . . Up! The world (perhaps you now look upon it with pallid and disgusted eyes) is full of zest and beauty for you, if you approach it in the right spirit! Walt Whitman
We were together. I forget the rest. Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done, / The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won. / O Captain! My Captain! Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I with mournful tread / Walk the deck my Captain lies, / Fallen cold and dead. / O captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman
Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. Walt Whitman
Women sit, or move to and fro--some old, some young; / The young are beautiful--but the old are more beautiful than the / young. Walt Whitman
O from his masterful sweep, the warning cry of the eagle! Walt Whitman
The beautiful city, the city of hurried and sparkling waters! the city of spires and masts! / The city nested in bays! my city! / The city of such women, I am mad with them! I will return after death to be with them! / The city of such young men, I swear I cannot live happy, without I often go talk, walk, eat, drink, sleep, with them! Walt Whitman
City of orgies, walks and joys! / City whom that I have lived and sung in your midst will one day make / you illustrious, Walt Whitman
Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. Walt Whitman
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. Walt Whitman
Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling. Walt Whitman
To Michigan, Florida perfumes shall tenderly come; / Not the perfumes of flowers, but sweeter, and wafted beyond death. Walt Whitman
Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt, / Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee, / In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night, / Kindling a fire and broiling the fresh-kill'd game, / Falling asleep on the gather'd leaves with my dog and gun by my side. Walt Whitman
The beautiful city, the city of hurried and sparkling waters! the city of spires and masts! / The city nested in bays! my city! / The city of such women, I am mad with them! I will return after death to be with them! / The city of such young men, I swear I cannot live happy, without I often go talk, walk, eat, drink, sleep, with them! Walt Whitman
The great place of the western continent, the heart, the brain, the focus, the main spring, the pinnacle, the extremity, the no more beyond, of the New World. Walt Whitman
Nothing external to me has any power over me. Walt Whitman
The future is no more uncertain than the present. Walt Whitman
Resist much, obey little. Walt Whitman