Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.
And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Freedom – to walk free and own no superior.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
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?
Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God – I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.
I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.