Monday, May 16, 2011

What you shall do.

Love the sun and the earth and the animals,
Despise riches,
Give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
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,
Reexamine all you have been told at school or church or any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh will be a great poem and I 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.
-Walt Whitman

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