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To A Pupil

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




  IS reform needed? Is it through you?
  The greater the reform needed, the greater the personality you need
  to accomplish it.

  You! do you not see how it would serve to have eyes, blood,
  complexion, clean and sweet?
  Do you not see how it would serve to have such a Body and Soul, that
  when you enter the crowd, an atmosphere of desire and command
  enters with you, and every one is impress'd with your
  personality?

  O the magnet! the flesh over and over!
  Go, dear friend! if need be, give up all else, and commence to-day to
  inure yourself to pluck, reality, self-esteem, definiteness,
  elevatedness;
  Rest not, till you rivet and publish yourself of your own
  personality.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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