Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman Quotes

I recently finished ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman.  Below are some of the quotes I like:

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 for yourself.  

A Child said, What is 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.

Nanea Hoffman quote

None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carring in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be Kind. Be weird. There is no time for anything else.” 

This was on Reddit today.  

[Image] We buried Mum today. We found this in one of her notebooks from GetMotivated

Great quote

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.

Creativity in living is not without its attendant difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. And the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is that when people finally realize you were right, they’ll say it was obvious all along. You have two choices in your life; you can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be . . . *

Success quote

Success

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson