(1819-1870) American Poet
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I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless - each of us with his or her right upon the earth; Each of us allowed the eternal purports of the earth; Each of us here as divinely as any is here.
I celebrate myself, and sing myself, and what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
Re-examine all you have been told - Dismiss what insults your Soul.
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?
The fruition of beauty is no chance of hit or miss . . . it is inevitable as life.
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
Youth, large, lusty, loving - Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?