"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."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Walt Whitman on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Walt Whitman on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Walt Whitman on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Walt Whitman on Oscar Wilde
"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity."
"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."
"Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."