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" I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones. "
" The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world. "
" To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. "
" And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero. "
" I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. "
" 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. "
" The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything. "
" In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word. "
" Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. "
" O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself. "
" Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me. "
" Be curious, not judgmental. "
" Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. "
" 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. "
" Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. "
" The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. "
" Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. "
" The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual. "
" Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? "
" When I give I give myself. "
" Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul. "
" A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. "
Men And Women
" 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? "
" Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people. "
" Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed. "
" The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people. "
" Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? "
" And your very flesh shall be a great poem. "
" The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. "
" Simplicity is the glory of expression. "