i remember being inspired and impressed by it when i first discovered it in the darien high school library when i was a sophomore. now, years later it still inspires and impresses me.
here's a small part.
Preface to Leaves of Grass
Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not about God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or any number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all that 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.
- Walt Whitman