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Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

241. Tests

ALL submit to them, where they sit, inner, secure, unapproachable to analysis, in the Soul;

Not traditions—not the outer authorities are the judges—they are the judges of outer authorities, and of all traditions;

They corroborate as they go, only whatever corroborates themselves, and touches themselves;

For all that, they have it forever in themselves to corroborate far and near, without one exception.