“this is what you shall do; love the earth
and sun and the animals, despise riches,
give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid
and crazy, devote your income and labor to others,
hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown to any man or number of men,
go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with
the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air
every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you
have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever
insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem
and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines
of its lips and face and between the lashes
of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”