"To have great poets, there must be great audiences."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Walt Whitman on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Walt Whitman on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Walt Whitman on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Walt Whitman on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Walt Whitman on Robert Frost
"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."