Walt Whitman ... for you

by talesin 9 Replies latest jw friends

  • talesin

    I'm sorry for being an ass!!!

    one of my favorite and inspring quotes ever!!!! is from your namesake ...

    “Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.”



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  • No Room For George
    No Room For George

    I like Walt, he's a good dude.

  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    That entire section is brilliant!

    "This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body… . The poet shall not spend his time in unneeded work. He shall know that the ground is always ready ploughed and manured … others may not know it but he shall. He shall go directly to the creation. His trust shall master the trust of everything he touches … and shall master all attachment."

  • talesin

    well, you sent me a few msgs when you were upset , but here we are ....

    silence when you get an apology ... I think that speaks for itself ...

    done with it...


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  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    If you like Walt Whitman, you might like 'Proust Was A Neuroscientist' by Jonah Lehrer. Chapter one is about Whitman, also a great chapter on Gertrude Stein.

  • talesin

    boc -- noted, and thanks!


  • talesin

    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?

    Walt Whitman

    You have a PM, compa ...


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