"The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Walt Whitman on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Walt Whitman on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Walt Whitman on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Walt Whitman on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Walt Whitman on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"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."
"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."