Leaves of Grass

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One's-self I sing, a simple separate person… .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about self
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The Female equally with the Male I sing. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about sin
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One's-self I sing, a simple separate person, Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse. …The Female equally with the Male I sing. Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, Cheerful, for freest action form'd under the laws divine, The Modern Man I sing. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about power
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I too haughty Shade also sing war, and a longer and greater one than any... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about war
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I too haughty Shade also sing war, and a longer and greater one than any, Waged in my book with varying fortune, with flight, advance and retreat, victory deferr'd and wavering, (Yet methinks certain, or as good as certain, at the last,) the field the world,For life and death, for the Body and for the eternal Soul, Lo, I too am come, chanting the chant of battles, I above all promote brave soldiers. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about life
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Then falter not O book, fulfil your destiny, You not a reminiscence of the land alone, You too as a lone bark cleaving the ether, purpos'd I know not whither, yet ever full of faith, Consort to every ship that sails, sail you! Bear forth to them folded my love, (dear mariners, for you I fold it here in every leaf;) Speed on my book! spread your white sails my little bark athwart the imperious waves, Chant on, sail on, bear o'er the boundless blue from me to every sea, This song for mariners and all their ships. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about love
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To thee old cause! Thou peerless, passionate, good cause, thou stern, remorseless, sweet idea, deathless throughout the ages, races, lands... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about death
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Chanter of Personality, outlining what is yet to be, I project the history of the future. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about history
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I met a seer, passing the hues and objects of the world, the fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense, to glean . .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about art
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To thee old cause! Thou peerless, passionate, good cause, Thou stern, remorseless, sweet idea, Deathless throughout the ages, races, lands, After a strange sad war, great war for thee, (I think all war through time was really fought, and ever will be really fought, for thee,) These chants for thee, the eternal march of thee. .

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Put first before the rest as light for all and entrance-song of all, that of eidolons. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about light
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I met a seer, Passing the hues and objects of the world, The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense, To glean . Put in thy chants said he, No more the puzzling hour nor day, nor segments, parts, put in,Put first before the rest as light for all and entrance-song of all, That of eidolons. .

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All space, all time, (The stars, the terrible perturbations of the suns, Swelling, collapsing, ending, serving their longer, shorter use,) Fill'd with eidolons only. The noiseless myriads, The infinite oceans where the rivers empty, The separate countless free identities, like eyesight, The true realities, eidolons.Not this the world, Nor these the universes, they the universes, Purport and end, ever the permanent life of life, Eidolons, eidolons. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about life
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Thy very songs not in thy songs, No special strains to sing, none for itself, But from the whole resulting, rising at last and floating, A round full-orb'd eidolon. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about self
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With time and space I him dilate and fuse the immortal laws, to make himself by them the law unto himself. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about time
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For him I sing, I raise the present on the past, (As some perennial tree out of its roots, the present on the past,)With time and space I him dilate and fuse the immortal laws, To make himself by them the law unto himself. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about time
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When I read the book, the biography famous,And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man's life? And so will some one when I am dead and gone write my life? (As if any man really knew aught of my life, Why even I myself I often think know little or nothing of my real life,Only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections I seek for my own use to trace out here.) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about life
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Beginning my studies the first step pleas'd me so much, The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion, The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love, The first step I say awed me and pleas'd me so much, I have hardly gone and hardly wish'd to go any farther, But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about love
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How they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals,) How dear and dreadful they are to the earth... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about art
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How they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals,)How dear and dreadful they are to the earth, How they inure to themselves as much as to any — what a paradox appears their age, How people respond to them, yet know them not, How there is something relentless in their fate all times, How all times mischoose the objects of their adulation and reward, And how the same inexorable price must still be paid for the same great purchase. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about war
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Shut not your doors to me proud libraries, For that which was lacking on all your well-fill'd shelves, yet needed most, I bring, Forth from the war emerging, a book I have made, The words of my book nothing, the drift of it every thing, A book separate, not link'd with the rest nor felt by the intellect, But you ye untold latencies will thrill to every page. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about war
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I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face, leaving it to you to prove and define it, expecting the main things from you. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about man
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Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for, But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known, Arouse! for you must justify me. I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future, I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face, Leaving it to you to prove and define it, Expecting the main things from you. .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about music
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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? .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about desire
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I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love. (6) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about love
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I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky are for religion's sake. (7) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about religion
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None has begun to think how divine he himself is and how certain the future is. (7) .

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I say the real and permanent grandeur of these States must be their religion. (7) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about religion
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Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. (12) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about death
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Section numbers appear at the end of quotes from this composition .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about quotes
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You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about self
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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 loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. (1) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about soul
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You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self. (2) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about books
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I and this mystery here we stand... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about mystery
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To elaborate is no avail, learn'd and unlearn'd feel that it is so. …I and this mystery here we stand. (3) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about mystery
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Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. Lack one lacks both, and the unseen is proved by the seen, Till that becomes unseen and receives proof in its turn. (3) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about soul
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Knowing the perfect fitness and equanimity of things, while they discuss I am silent, and go bathe and admire myself.Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and of any man hearty and clean, Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is vile, and none shall be less familiar than the rest. (3) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about art
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Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it. Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders,I have no mockings or arguments, I witness and wait. (4) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about war
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A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about child
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Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the argument of the earth, And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own, And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a kelson of the creation is love, And limitless are leaves stiff or drooping in the fields, And brown ants in the little wells beneath them, And mossy scabs of the worm fence, heap'd stones, elder, mullein and poke-weed. (5) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about love
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I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about hope
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A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he. I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven. … And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves. … What do you think has become of the young and old men? And what do you think has become of the women and children? They are alive and well somewhere, The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it, And ceas'd the moment life appear'd.All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. (6) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about life
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Has any one supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contain'd between my hat and boots, And peruse manifold objects, no two alike and every one good, The earth good and the stars good, and their adjuncts all good. I am not an earth nor an adjunct of an earth,I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself, (They do not know how immortal, but I know.) (7) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about death
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Do not call the tortoise unworthy because she is not something else. .

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Do not call the tortoise unworthy because she is not something else. (13) .

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What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is Me... .

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The brood of the turkey-hen and she with her half-spread wings,I see in them and myself the same old law. The press of my foot to the earth springs a hundred affections, They scorn the best I can do to relate them. (14) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about art
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What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is Me, Me going in for my chances, spending for vast returns, Adorning myself to bestow myself on the first that will take me, Not asking the sky to come down to my good will, Scattering it freely forever. (14) .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about self
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These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me... .

Leaves of Grass Quotes about men
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The city sleeps and the country sleeps, The living sleep for their time, the dead sleep for their time, The old husband sleeps by his wife and the young husband sleeps by his wife; And these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them, And such as it is to be of these more or less I am, And of these one and all I weave the song of myself. (15) .

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