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Walt Whitman
(31 May 1819 - 26 Mar 1892)

American poet, journalist and essayist.

Science Quotes by Walt Whitman (8 quotes)

Exact science and its practical movements are no checks on the greatest poet, but always his encouragement and support ... The sailor and traveller, the anatomist, chemist, astronomer, geologist, phrenologist, spiritualist, mathematician, historian and lexicographer are not poets, but they are the lawgivers of poets and their construction underlies the structure of every perfect poem.
— Walt Whitman
In Walt Whitman and William Michael Rossetti (ed.), 'Preface to the First Edition of Leaves of Grass', Poems By Walt Whitman (1868), 46.
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Great is the faith of the flush of knowledge and of the investigation of the depths of qualities and things.
— Walt Whitman
In Walt Whitman and William Michael Rossetti (ed.), 'Preface to the First Edition of Leaves of Grass', Poems By Walt Whitman (1868), 46.
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I heard what was said of the universe,
Heard it and heard it of several thousand years;
It is middling well as far as it goes—but is that all?
— Walt Whitman
'Song of Myself', Leaves of grass (1884), 67.
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I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open.
— Walt Whitman
In Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (1906), Vol. 1, 101.
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I love doctors and hate their medicine.
— Walt Whitman
In Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (1906), Vol. 1, 433.
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O amazement of things—even the least particle!
— Walt Whitman
'Song at Sunset'. In Leaves of Grass (1897), 375.
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You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueless—perhaps ignorance, credulity—helps your enjoyment of these things.
— Walt Whitman
Specimen Days in America (1887), 282.
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[T]here shall be love between the poet and the man of demonstrable science. In the beauty of poems are the tuft and final applause of science.
— Walt Whitman
In Walt Whitman and William Michael Rossetti (ed.), 'Preface to the First Edition of Leaves of Grass', Poems By Walt Whitman (1868), 46.
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