The Democracy of Every Day: Darrow on Whitman

Clarence Darrow, the great American attorney, on Walt Whitman, the great American poet: “He sings of the common things, the democracy of every day; for it is the small affairs that make up life, and its true philosophy is to see the beauty and greatness and relation of these little things, and not to pine for the seemingly momentous events which can rarely come. The Alexanders, the Caesars and the Napoleons are scattered only here and there in the great sea of human existence, and yet every life measured by just standards may be as great as these; and the soul that is conscious of its own integrity knows its own worth regardless of the world.”

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