Behavior

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)

BEHAVIOR--fresh, native, copious, each one for himself or herself,
  Nature and the Soul expressed--America and freedom expressed--In it
  the finest art,
  In it pride, cleanliness, sympathy, to have their chance,
  In it physique, intellect, faith--in it just as much as to manage an
  army or a city, or to write a book--perhaps more,
  The youth, the laboring person, the poor person, rivalling all the
  rest--perhaps outdoing the rest,
  The effects of the universe no greater than its;
  For there is nothing in the whole universe that can be more effective
  than a man's or woman's daily behavior can be,
  In any position, in any one of These States.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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