10 Walt Whitman Quotes On Self-Love

10 Walt Whitman Quotes On Self-Love

Whitman’s timeless wisdom is essential to loving and accepting yourself in today's world.

Walt Whitman was an American poet in the 1800s. Much of his poetry reflects his transcendentalist beliefs– including the beliefs that humans are inherently good, and function best when they are self-sufficient, without the heavy-handed influences of society and institutions.

Whitman’s views on self-reliance and the goodness of human nature made for beautiful, thought-provoking insights into people’s relationships with themselves. These insights still ring true, largely in the realms of self-acceptance and self-love. Here are ten Whitman quotes from his complete book of poems, "Leaves of Grass," and my interpretations of how they apply to us today.

1. “I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.”

Take time to discover who you are. You may be surprised at what you’ll find. Perhaps even make a list of all the things you’re good at, or all the good deeds you’ve done. The list will end up bigger than you thought it would be.

2. “Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me, whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.”

If someone rejects you, whether it’s a friend, a potential partner, or even an employer, you’re better off without them. You are a whole and complete person regardless of whether someone else validates you. When someone who does accept you comes along, rejoice in the opportunity to share something meaningful with them.

3. “Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul.”

Recognizing the beauty in others is just as important as seeing it in yourself. A huge indicator of self-confidence is the ability to see others as equal to you.

4. “I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

Allow yourself the freedom to be who you are. You don’t have to label or put yourself in a box for the convenience of others. And you certainly don’t have to explain yourself. Express yourself freely and let people make of that what they will.

5. "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.)"

Embrace your imperfection, and allow yourself to change your mind. Ever-changing moods and opinions are a normal and essential part of human nature. Embrace the different sides of yourself, disagree with yourself, learn something new, and add all of that to the vast collection of your unique human experiences.

6. “I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.”

In some areas of our lives we exceed expectations. In others, we may not reach them. Similarly, during some times in our lives it feels like we’re failing at everything, while other times we greet success after success. It is important not to have tunnel vision in either instance. When things are going wrong, remind yourself of your triumphs, and when you feel on top of the world, remember to stay humble.

7. “Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good fortune; henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. Strong and content, I travel the open road.”

Understand that you have all you need inside yourself already. You don’t need to look for it anywhere else. Face your life's journey with confidence, learn to be a little tough, and know when you can push yourself beyond your perceived limits.

8. “Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give I give myself.”

Have the audacity to believe that sometimes, you are enough. You don’t have to shower people with gifts or always go someplace special to spend time with people. Simply give them your company, your attention, and your love. To the people who truly matter, that’s what’s important anyway.

9. “Nothing endures but personal qualities.”

Remember to pull away from material distractions once in a while, take inventory of who you are inside, and work on yourself. Physical belongings don’t last forever– you'll outlive all of them. It's far more important to be happy with the kind of person you are.

10. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

Appreciate yourself. You deserve it.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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