Some other quotes I've found:
"I celebrate myself, and sing myself"
"I exist as I am, that is enough."
"Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul."
all from Walt Whitman
of course, two of my favorite quotes are way too long, but I'll put them down here anyway, for fun:
Understand, I’ll slip quietly
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,
With only this one dream:
You come too.
- from First Poems, Rainer Maria Rilke
This is what you shall do: 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 concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men–go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers of families–re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and 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.
- from the Preface to Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Oh, it would be so fun to do a long quote like this last one! But *way* too much work - and space! I'll leave this post as a place to gather up quotes that I like, that I would consider for the embroidery project.