What we are we are, nativity is answer enough to objections, We wield ourselves as a weapon is wielded, We are powerful and tremendous in ourselves.
We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers, There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
The proof of a poet shall be sternly deferr’d till his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorb’d it.
The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges or churches or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors … but always most in the common people.