"There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Walt Whitman on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Walt Whitman on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Walt Whitman on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Walt Whitman on Booker T. Washington
"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."