"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?"
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Walt Whitman on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Walt Whitman on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Walt Whitman on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Walt Whitman on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Walt Whitman on Winston Churchill
"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity."
"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."
"The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves."
"I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best."
"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."