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"The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche." - Isadora Duncan

"I have never read a line of Walt Whitman." - Mary Maclane

"Beloved Renegade is a meditation on Walt Whitman, on tenderness, on dying." - Robert Gottlieb

"My very identities as a reader and a writer began at the Walt Whitman branch library." - Paula Spencer

"I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips" - Oscar Wilde

"I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips." - Oscar Wilde

"I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman- I have detested you long enough." - Ezra Pound

"'Beloved Renegade' is a meditation on Walt Whitman, on tenderness, on dying." - Robert Gottlieb

"I meet new Walt Whitmans everyday. There are a dozen of them afloat. I don't know which Walt Whitman I am." - Walt Whitman

"I think there were two great gay Americans obviously, and that was Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman." - Andrew Sullivan

"Walt Whitman, he who laid end to end words never seen in each other's company before outside of a dictionary." - David Lodge

"Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman, have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies." - Federico Garcia Lorca

"Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead." - Oscar Wilde

"We all fear loneliness, madness, dying. Shakespeare and Walt Whitman, Leopardi and Hart Crane will not cure those fears. And yet these poets bring us fire and light." - Harold Bloom

"Walt Whitman is HOT! I mean, that guy could sound his barbaric yawps over the roofs of my world any time." - John Green

"It is no discredit to Walt Whitman that he wrote Leaves of Grass, only that he did not burn it afterwards." - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

"He who touches the soil of Manhattan and the pavement of New York, touches, whenever he knows or not, Walt Whitman." - Lewis Mumford

"The poetry of Walt Whitman. I can return again and again to these magnificent poems and still get pleasure from reading them." - Robert Littell

"I gotta say - if I clicked on a movie interview, and the first part was all about Walt Whitman, I'd love that article." - Adam Mckay

"I really love poetry. I'm a big E.E. Cummings fan and a big Walt Whitman fan, and I have a big book of poetry." - Mae Whitman

"Walt Disney was my great hero." - Stanislav Grof

"Ric Flair, the Slim Whitman of Pro-Wrestling." - Roddy Piper

"The real America that Whitman proclaimed and Thoreau decoded." - Allen Ginsberg

"American poets celebrate their bodies, very specifically, as Whitman did." - Diane Wakoski

"Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest." - Walt Whitman

"So who's perfect? ... Washington had false teeth. Franklin was nearsighted. Mussolini had syphilis. Unpleasant things have been said about Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde. Tchaikovsky had his problems, too. And Lincoln was constipated." - John O'Hara

"I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber,poking among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys. I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel?" - Allen Ginsberg

"Molecules are moving. Universes are colliding. Generations are being born and dying simultaneously, throughout eternity. As one of our great American poets, Walt Whitman, once said: "I contain multitudes."" - Frederick Lenz

"One of Walt Whitman's best-known poems is this one: When I heard the learn'd astronomer,.... The trouble is, Whitman is talking through his hat, but the poor soul didn't know any better" - Isaac Asimov

"Art is a luxury. It's not necessary for you to - you can work your job and you can make some money and never know who Walt Whitman was, and never read a poem." - Wynton Marsalis

"I dedicate this book to the man who inspired it - to the man who of all men past and present that I have known has the most exalted moral nature - to Walt Whitman." - Richard Maurice Bucke

"You really felt a radical shift in the advance of a poetics that had really been engendered by [Walt] Whitman. This was very exciting. I wanted to work in this environment." - Anne Waldman

"So who's perfect?... Washington had false teeth. Franklin was nearsighted. Mussolini had syphilis. Unpleasant things have been said about Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde. Tchaikovsky had his problems, too. And Lincoln was constipated." - John O'Hara

"It's art that pushes against psychological and social expectations, that tries to transform decay into something generative, that is replicative in a baroque way, that isn't about progress, and wants to - as Walt Whitman put it - 'contain multitudes.'" - Jerry Saltz

"There is little premium in poetry in a world that thinks of Pound and Whitman as a weight and a sampler, not an Ezra, a Walt, a thing of beauty, a joy forever." - Anna Quindlen

"When Walt Whitman writes in seeming defiance of tradition, he needs tradition for his protection, for the butcher and the baker and the candlestick-maker grow merry over him when they meet his work by chance." - William Butler Yeats

"When I was young I once found a book in a Dutch translation, 'The leaves of Grass'. It was the first time a book touched me by its feeling of freedom and open spaces, the way the poet spoke of the ocean by describing a drop of water in his hand. Walt Whitman was offering the world an open hand (now we call it democracy) and my 'Monument for Walt Whitman' became this open hand with mirrors, so you can see inside yourself." - Karel Appel

"Walt Shaub is a true ethics hero for speaking out." - Reince Priebus

"I look like Walt Disney just threw up." - Ryan Stiles

"I first met Walt Disney 25 or 30 years ago." - Paul Winchell

"Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy; describe Dublin as James Joyce did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her prairie novels in New York City; Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, scholars learned that Walt Whitman rarely left his room." - Annie Dillard

"As Walt Whitman correctly surmised, we are large and we harbour multitudes within us. And those multitudes are locked in chronic battle. There is an ongoing conversation among the different factions in your brain, each competing to control the single output channel of your behaviour." - Damian Thompson

"In the middle of the next century, when the literary establishment will reflect the multicultural makeup of this country and not be dominated by assimiliationists with similar tastes, from similar backgrounds, and of similar pretensions, Langston Hughes will be to the twentieth century what Walt Whitman was to the nineteenth." - Ishmael Reed

"There's no telling from poem to poem where this brilliant 'conversation' about maleness and gender will lead-there are poems about husbands and wives, parents and children, Elvis, Apollo, Walt Whitman, rhythms of its politics. Manthology is a remarkably honest and enormously heartening collection." - Nancy Eimers

"Our culture is what we did together. What did Walt Whitman represent for all of us? What was his message to us? That is an inheritance, and when we squander that inheritance we act outside. We don't know who we are; we don't know where we are." - Wynton Marsalis

"If you're going to get up to Walt Whitman and Robert Frost and Langston Hughes and Sylvia Plath you've got to figure out how you put people in possession of their heritage. To do that you have to talk about how they're being taught, and the imagination of community the people who are running our government have." - Robert Hass

"I think Walt Whitman went to the help wanted section and found a squib that said "Wanted: National Poet." And he was innocent enough to believe there really was such a job. And if he could just write a poem that incorporated everything he felt and suspected and hoped for from America that he would have the position." - Allan Gurganus

"I look for the moment(s) in the story where the writer risked abandoning the glory of the self in favor of the possible relationship with an other. I don't ever let the market tell me what a memoir is. The first best memoir I ever read was Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman." - Lidia Yuknavitch

"I had parents who were attentive to what was going on politically. There was the Greek connection, a sense of a larger world. People coming in from abroad. There was a sense of community around ideas: a discourse and an adhesiveness which is my favorite word from [Walt] Whitman." - Anne Waldman

"In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded.... He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance." - Oscar Wilde

"I celebrate myself," the poet Walt Whitman wrote. The thought is so delicious it is almost obscene. Imagine the joy that would come with celebrating the self - our achievements, our experiences, our existence. Imagine what it would be like to look into the mirror and say, as God taught us, "That's good." - Joan D. Chittister

"There are many ways to study Walt Disney, but I think learning about Walt as a leader probably has had the biggest impact on me." - Pat Williams

"Walt had a marvelous intuition. And because he understood people very well, liked them and had great respect for people, there was nothing cynical about Walt." - John Hench

"I'll work my way from irony to sincerity in the sinking city, a would-be Whitman of the vulnerable grid." - Ben Lerner

"You know what Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman have in common? They both got in trouble for stiffing the maid." - Jay Leno

"Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan." - Ray Bradbury

"One Whitman is miracle enough, and when he comes again it will be the end of the world." - Randall Jarrell

"To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland." - Jack Paar

"Who's Chernabog?" Grumbled Maybeck. Philby answered,"Only the most powerful villian Walt Disney ever created." - Ridley Pearson

"We speak with one voice," Walt said. "Especially on this matter. No one hurts Sadie Kane." - Rick Riordan

"I want to be the next Walt Disney, only a little more wicked." - American McGee

"Walt Disney and I always said we were two children looking for our inner adults." - Dick Van Dyke

"Walt Disney believed in himself instead of worrying what others were saying." - Chris Brogan

"Mickey Mouse was supposed to be called Mortimer, but Walt Disney's wife found it creepy" - Adam Anderson

"Mickey Mouse was supposed to be called Mortimer, but Walt Disney's wife found it creepy" - Adam Anderson

"Walt is dead. And, after a couple of hours at Epcot, you'll wish you were, too." - P. J. O'Rourke

"I caught my second wife screwing my stepdad. OK? It's a cruel world, Walt. Grow up." - Saul

"Pleasured equally In seeking as in finding, Each detail minding, Old Walt went seeking And finding." - Langston Hughes

"I joined Walt Disney, went to work, December 2nd 1935, so obviously, I'm not too young!" - Marc Davis

"I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father." - Annette Funicello

"I look up to Walt Disney and what he has done." - Tyra Banks

"In market valuation, Yahoo is worth about as much Walt Disney and the News Corporation combined." - Alex Berenson

"Florida has tons of entertainment opportunities because Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are there." - Kevin Richardson

"Walt gave me a VIP tour of the studio. I remember people doing voices." - Paul Winchell

"'Bolt' was made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, not by Pixar." - John Lasseter

"Walt Disney always said, 'For every laugh, there should be a tear.' I believe in that." - John Lasseter

"The physical universe that you see is all in your mind. When you turn your mind off, or become unconscious, the physical universe, for you, disappears. Then, when you awaken your consciousness, the universe reappears magically. Quite simple really - no thoughts on your part, no physical world. As Walt Whitman succinctly stated: "The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual - namely to You." Without your mind to process it, the universe simply disappears into nothingness." - Wayne Dyer

"The English tourist in American literature wants above all things something different from what he has at home. For this reason the one American writer whom the English whole-heartedly admire is Walt Whitman. There, you will hear them say, is the real American undisguised. In the whole of English literature there is no figure which resembles his - among all our poetry none in the least comparable to Leaves of Grass" - Virginia Woolf

"[Walt] Whitman and [humanist educator John] Dewey tried to substitute hope for knowledge. They wanted to put shared utopian dreams - dreams of an ideally decent and civilized society - in the place of knowledge of God's Will, Moral Law, the Laws of History, or the Facts of Science.... As long as we have a functioning political left, we still have a chance to achieve our country, to make it the country of Whitman's and Dewey's dreams." - Richard Rorty

"As Walt Whitman correctly surmised, we are large and we harbor multitudes within us. And those multitudes are locked in chronic battle. There is an ongoing conversation among the different factions in your brain, each competing to control the single output channel of your behavior. As a result, you can accomplish the strange feats of arguing with yourself, cursing at yourself, and cajoling yourself to do something - feats that modern computers simply do not do." - David Eagleman

"I went through a very hairy period. I had a movie where I was going to play Walt Whitman that fell through. At the time, I had grown this huge beard and very long hair. But then, the movie got canceled, I had some other parts, and I currently have very short hair. So, when I look in the mirror, I don't know who I am exactly. It's interesting." - Jeff Bridges

"Certainly I'm participating in an already established and awesome tradition, but it's a tradition that sort of shoots up and through the mainstream in short bursts and pulses and then gets diluted. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson shot up and then got sucked back down underground under more entertaining and less radical versions of body and self - poetry and prose that posited bodies in more perfect union with good citizenship." - Lidia Yuknavitch

"If Henry Miller often sounded like a village idiot, it is because, like Whitman, he was the rest of the village as well." - Gore Vidal

"I"ll work my way from irony to sincerity in the sinking city, a would-be Whitman of the vulnerable grid." - Ben Lerner

"You have endorsements, everyone from Meg Whitman to the neocon John Negroponte and others who are all saying, you know, we're with Hillary [Clinton] now." - Jill Stein

"Some of his own closeness to nature, his great love for human beings, was passed on by Whitman to all of us who knew and loved him." - Ella R Bloor

"Some of his own closeness to nature, his great love for human beings, was passed on by Whitman to all of us who knew and loved him." - Ella Reeve Bloor

"His feeling was the name Walt Disney represented all of us. Walt was hanging by his teeth financially and really I think he was for most of his career. Not at all like today." - Marc Davis

"The actual American childhood is less Norman Rockwell and Walt Disney than Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe." - Susan Cheever

"We really believe that Walt Disney is a very able company with great depth and a great set of franchises." - Robert Iger

"I blame Walt Disney; well he has to find voice actors better than me somehow doesn't he?" - Zach Braff

"I didn't even know I could write music, but somehow Walt did. He tapped my hidden talents." - Xavier Atencio

"I did' even know I could write music, but somehow Walt did. He tapped my hidden talents." - Xavier Atencio

"Walt Shaub is a dedicated public servant, has come up through the ranks under both Democrats and Republicans." - Reince Priebus

"I'm privileged and grateful to lead The Walt Disney Company and our talented, dedicated team at this exciting time." - Bob Iger

"We really believe that Walt Disney is a very able company with great depth and a great set of franchises." - Bob Iger

"I got into a fight with Walt Disney: I always pick the wrong people to fight with." - Frank Tashlin

"Walt put everything he knew about communication with images into the park, so it was very familiar." - John Hench

"Nobody now is going from department to another department. Only Walt did that. I was very fond of him, really." - John Hench

"I do what I do because of Walt Disney. Goofy. Mickey Mouse. I never forgot how their films entertained me." - John Lasseter

"I think probably I've been influenced by Chekhov and Walt Disney, if you see what I mean." - Tom Stoppard

"I learned my first lesson at the Walt Disney Company about not being able to trust my associates." - Michael Ovitz

"Walt Whitman's a hell of a lot more revolutionary than any Russian poet I've ever heard of." - John Dos Passos

"The death of Walt Disney is a loss to all the people of the world. In everything he did, Walt had an intuitive way of reaching out and touching the hearts and mind of young and old alike. His entertainment was an international language. For more than 40 years, people have looked to Walt Disney for the finest quality in family entertainment. There is no way to replace Walt Disney. He was an extraordinary man. Perhaps there will never be another like him... The world will always be a better place because Walt Disney was its master showman." - Roy O. Disney

"In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded....He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. He is the herald to a new era. As a man he is the precursor of a fresh type. He is a factor in the heroic and spiritual evolution of the human being. If Poetry has passed him by, Philosophy will take note of him." - Oscar Wilde

"These are all direct quotes, except every time they use a curse word, I'm going to use the name of a famous American poet: 'You Walt Whitman-ing, Edna St. Vincent Millay! Go Emily Dickinson your mom!' 'Thanks for the advice, you pathetic piece of E.E. Cummings, but I think I'm gonna pass.' 'You Robert Frost-ing Nikki Giovanni! Get a life, nerd. You're a virgin.' 'Hey bro, you need to go outside and get some fresh air into you. Or a girlfriend.' I need to get a girlfriend into me? I think that shows a fundamental lack of comprehension about how babies are made." - John Green

"We wish we could have been there for you. We didn't have many role models of our own-we latched on to the foolish love of Oscar Wilde and the well-versed longing of Walt Whitman because nobody else was there to show us an untortured path. We were going to be your role models. We were going to give you art and music and confidence and shelter and a much better world. Those who survived lived to do this. But we haven't been there for you. We've been here. Watching as you become the role models." - David Levithan

"I compelled myself all through to write an exercise in verse, in a different form, every day of the year. I turned out my page every day, of some sort-I mean I didn't give a damn about the meaning, I just wanted to master the form-all the way from free verse, Walt Whitman, to the most elaborate of villanelles and ballad forms. Very good training. I've always told everybody who has ever come to me that I thought that was the first thing to do." - Conrad Aiken

"Walt Disney World is tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together." - Roy O. Disney

"Cartoonist Walt Disney has made the twentieth century's only important contribution to music. Disney has made use of music as language." - Jerome Kern

"And if someone doesn't believe in any afterlife?" I asked. Walt gave me a sad look. "Then that's what they experience." - Rick Riordan

"I realized that anyone who dared to hurt me would suffer his full wrath, and Walt wasn't going to hold him back." - Rick Riordan

"It's a mixed crowd at the dogs - black, white, hispanic - but to Walt they all look like Jackie Gleason. Heavyset guys with big plans and polyester souls." - John Sayles

"We blame Walt Disney for goldenrod's undeserved bad name. Despite Sneezy's pronouncement, plants such as goldenrod with heavy, insect-carried pollen rarely cause allergic reaction." - Janet Macunovich

"The values of the Walt Disney company: The four C s: Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, Consistency, and the greatest of these is Confidence." - Anonymous

"You need that same creative force that exists in a building like Disney [Walt Disney Concert Hall] to actually tackle that most prosaic of problems." - William Mcdonough

"Being a Disney VoluntEAR reinforces my belief in Walt's vision for The Walt Disney Company to bring happiness to every family in the world." - Newton Lee

"Where is the Mississippi panorama And the girl who played the piano? Where are you, Walt? The Open Road goes to the used-car lot." - Louis Simpson

"I don't know about that. I'm not a very analytical person. I have various impulses. I've often quoted Walt Whitman's phrase "I contain multitudes." I understand that." - Patti Smith

"We believe it's the biggest advance in animation since Walt Disney started it all with the release of Snow White 50 years ago." - Steve Jobs

"And if someone does' believe in any afterlife?" I asked. Walt gave me a sad look. "Then that's what they experience." - Rick Riordan

"I realized that anyone who dared to hurt me would suffer his full wrath, and Walt was' going to hold him back." - Rick Riordan

"That was the big secret. Walt would do things over and over again, with no regard to money, to get things perfect." - Frank Tashlin

"Every parent, no matter how cultured or sophisticated, will one day succumb to a child's pleas to visit Walt Disney World Resort." - Simon Van Booy

"Walt Disney wasn't making films for kids. Neither were the Muppets. A lot of the great, really cool films, they weren't making them for kids." - Pete Docter

"I've always wanted to work for Walt Disney. That's what I thought I was going to do when I grew up." - Keith Haring

"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy." - Thomas Kincade

"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney. In that I really like to make people happy." - Thomas Kinkade

"I had the great good fortune to interview Peggy Lee. Her memories of working with Walt Disney and his team were warm and upbeat." - Leonard Maltin

"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy." - Thomas Kinkade

"Marx was fortunate to have been born eighty years before Walt Disney. Disney also promised a child's paradise and unlike Marx, delivered on his promise." - John Ralston Saul

"Walt Disney was a master of the human psychology. His sense of timing, sense of speed. In a sense, those cartoons are like Rorschach tests." - Twyla Tharp

"When Walt Disney was making his films, he trusted his instincts and made films for himself, but they appealed to everybody, not just kids." - John Lasseter

"I do what I do because of Walt Disney - his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining." - John Lasseter

"Robert Burns in his splendid indifference to rank, and Whitman in his glorification of common things, have points of kinship with him. But to such radiant white heart of child-likeness, it would be impossible to find a perfect counterpart." - Sister Nivedita

"Blanche: No, I have the misfortune of being an English instructor. I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drugstore Romeos with a reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poe!" - Tennessee Williams

"This is why it is good to remember: if you want to get high, don't drink whiskey; read Shakespeare, Tennyson, Keats, Neruda, Hopkins, Millay, Whitman, aloud and let your body sing." - Natalie

"Christine Todd Whitman had to resign as the head of the EPA. You know, when the governor of New Jersey decides the environment is hopeless, you gotta really think that one through." - Greg Giraldo

"This is why it is good to remember: if you want to get high, do' drink whiskey; read Shakespeare, Tennyson, Keats, Neruda, Hopkins, Millay, Whitman, aloud and let your body sing." - Natalie

"While the light burning within may have been divine, the outer case of the lamp was assuredly cheap enough. Whitman was, from first to last, a boorish, awkward poseur." - Rebecca Harding Davis

"I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings." - Ella R Bloor

"I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings." - Ella Reeve Bloor

"I've had the good fortune to read a lot of great American writers in translation, and my absolute beloved, for me one of the greatest writers ever, is Mark Twain. Yes, yes, yes. And Whitman, from whom the whole of 20th-century poetry sprung up. Whitman was the origin of things, someone with a completely different outlook. But I think that he's the father of the new wave in the world's poetry which to this very day is hitting the shore." - Wislawa Szymborska

"I guess we're even,Sadie.First,Walt and I rushed off to save you in London.Then,you and Walt rushed off to save me.The only one who got shafted on both deals was Walt.Poor guy gets hauled all over the world pulling us out of trouble" - Rick Riordan

"But Walt and him shared the same kind of optimism. Walt believed in himself, and he was optimistic about what he wanted to do. He just knew it will be okay, and Dali was the same way. They had a great deal in common that way." - John Hench

"Walt understood all of those things, and even common things about people. For instance: Usually you get your idea of what kind of day it is by looking at the horizon, because the horizon is your eye level. So what Walt did is to eliminate the horizon." - John Hench

"Walt Disney had always tried to get more dimension in his animation and when I saw these tapes, I thought, This is it! This is what Walt was waiting for! But when I looked around, nobody at the studio at the time was even halfway interested in it." - John Lasseter

"While it was occasionally done here or there, nobody else had a figurehead like Walt doing it. Jack Warner wasn't on TV. Walt was the boss, but he had a real public profile and he used it to his advantage. And he became a household face." - Leonard Maltin

"The Walt Disney Animation studio is the studio that Walt Disney started himself in 1923, and it's never stopped and never closed its doors and never stopped making animation, and it keeps going as kind of the heart and soul of the company." - John Lasseter

"I loved The Wind in the Willows. ... Walt Disney should be sued for cheapening it as he did. Imagine it, Mickey Mousing all those nice characters. I'm surprised he didn't do it with the New Testament." - Tasha Tudor



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