David Whyte (poet)

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David Whyte Summer 2014 Cotswolds England

David Whyte (born 2 November 1955) is an Anglo-Irish poet.[1][2][3] He has said that all of his poetry and philosophy are based on "the conversational nature of reality".[4] His book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America (1994) topped the best-seller charts in the United States.


  • The ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone, and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them, and to have believed in them, and sometimes, just to have accompanied them, for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.
  • ...one of the powerful dynamics of leadership is being visible. One of the vulnerabilities of being visible is that when you’re visible, you can be seen; and when you can be seen, you can be touched; and when you can be touched, you can be hurt.


  1. Whyte, David. River Flow. Langley: Many Rivers. Back Cover. ISBN 978-193288727-3. 
  2. Whyte, David (2012). River Flow (2nd ed.). Many Rivers. pp. 265–266. ISBN 978-1-932887-28-0. 
  3. Whyte, David (2012). River Flow (2nd ed.). Langley: Many Rivers. pp. 267. ISBN 978-1-932887-28-0. 
  4. Life at the Frontier: The Conversational Naure of Reality. Ted Talk.