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Engrave this Quote It is only the novice in political economy who thinks it is the duty of government to make its citizens happy. Government has no such office. To protect the weak and the minority from the impositions of the strong and the majorityto prevent any one from positively working to render the people unhappy, to do the labor not of an officious inter-meddler in the affairs of men, but of a prudent watchman who prevents outragethese are rather the proper duties of a government. Under the specious pretext of effecting the happiness of the whole community, nearly all the wrongs and intrusions of government have been carried through. The legislature may, and should, when such things fall in its way, lend its potential weight to the cause of virtue and happinessbut to legislate in direct behalf of those objects is never available, and rarely effects any even temporary benefit.
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-Walt Whitman
Engrave this Quote I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election.
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Age
Engrave this Quote Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.
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America
Engrave this Quote Their manners, speech, dress, friendships, -- the freshness and candor of their physiognomy -- the picturesque looseness of their carriage -- their deathless attachment to freedom -- their aversion to anything indecorous or soft or mean -- the practical acknowledgment of the citizens of one state by the citizens of all other states -- the fierceness of their roused resentment -- their curiosity and welcome of novelty -- their self-esteem and wonderful sympathy -- their susceptibility to a slight -- the air they have of persons who never knew how it felt to stand in the presence of superiors -- the fluency of their speech -- their delight in music, a sure symptom of manly tenderness and native elegance of soul -- their good temper and open-handedness -- the terrible significance of their elections, the President's taking off his hat to them, not they to him -- these too are unrhymed poetry. It awaits the gigantic and generous treatment worthy of it.
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Animals
Engrave this Quote They do not sweat and whine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago.
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Argument & Debate
Engrave this Quote How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!
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Astronomy
Engrave this Quote When I heard the learn
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-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Change
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Character
Engrave this Quote Nothing endures but personal qualities.
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Charity
Engrave this Quote When I give I give myself.
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City Life, Cities
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
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Class
Engrave this Quote Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.
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Confidence
Engrave this Quote I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
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Contradiction
Engrave this Quote Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).
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Control
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then?
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Death
Engrave this Quote This dust was once the man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of these States.
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-Walt Whitman, Memories of President Lincoln, This Dust Was Once the Man, Leaves of Grass, 1891
Engrave this Quote What do you think has become of the young and old men?
What do you think has become of the women andchildren?
They are alive and well somewhere;
The smallest sprouts show 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 ceased the moment life appeared.
All goes onward and outward. . . .and nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and
luckier.
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-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Song Of Myself
Engrave this Quote Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
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Engrave this Quote The beautiful uncut hair of graves.
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Democracy
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Walt Whitman, Democratic Vistas
Diets and Dieting
Engrave this Quote I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
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Duality
Engrave this Quote Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
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Earth
Engrave this Quote In the broad earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed perfection.
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-Walt Whitman, Song of the Universal, Leaves of Grass, 1891

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