Description 	Walt Whitman - Brady-Handy.jpg Walt Whitman. Library of Congress description: "Walt Whitman". Source 	Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cwpbh.00752. CALL NUMBER: LC-BH82- 137 [P&P] Date 	 between 1855 and 1865 Author 	 [?] Brady, Mathew Date of birth/death 	ca. 1823 	15 January or 16 January 1896 Location of birth/death 	Warren County, New York 	New York City Work period 	1844 - ca. 1887 Work location 	 New York City and Washington, D.C. Permission (Reusing this image) 	 PD

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained.
I stand and look at them, long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition.
They do not lie awake in the dark and ween for their sins.
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God.
No one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things.
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago.
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.