100 Inspirational Quotes of Carl Sandburg

100 Inspirational Quotes of Carl Sandburg

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Carl August Sandburg was a Swedish-American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as “a major figure in contemporary literature”, especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems, Cornhuskers, and Smoke and Steel. He enjoyed “unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life”, and at his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.”. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Wikipedia

Born: January 6, 1878, Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22, 1967, Flat Rock, North Carolina, United States

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  • There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. – Carl Sandburg

  • Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed. – Carl Sandburg

  • To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell, after all, would be too damned hard. – Carl Sandburg

  • There are 10 men in me and I do not know or understand one of them. – Carl Sandburg

  • Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years. – Carl Sandburg

  • I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building. – Carl Sandburg

  • I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor. – Carl Sandburg

  • To be a good loser is to learn how to win. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along. – Carl Sandburg

  • Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. – Carl Sandburg

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  • The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. – Carl Sandburg

  • The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. – Carl Sandburg

  • Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don’t worry about my destiny. – Carl Sandburg

  • I learned you can't trust the judgment of good friends. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Where was I going? I puzzled and wondered about it til I actually enjoyed the puzzlement and wondering. – Carl Sandburg

  • Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. – Carl Sandburg

  • Love your neighbor as yourself, but don't take down the fence. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on. – Carl Sandburg

  • In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. – Carl Sandburg

  • Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. – Carl Sandburg

  • Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect. – Carl Sandburg

  • A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. – Carl Sandburg

  • I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out. – Carl Sandburg

  • All politicians should have 3 hats – one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected. – Carl Sandburg

  • One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Calling it off comes easy enough if you haven’t told the girl you are smitten with her. – Carl Sandburg

  • You remember some bedrooms you have slept in. There are bedrooms you like to remember and others you would like to forget. – Carl Sandburg

  • There have been as many varieties of socialists as there are wild birds that fly in the woods and sometimes go up and on through the clouds. – Carl Sandburg

  • I wrote poems in my corner of the Brooks Street station. I sent them to two editors who rejected them right off. I read those letters of rejection years later and I agreed with those editors. – Carl Sandburg

  • I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she is candid with herself and with the world. – Carl Sandburg

  • Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child. – Carl Sandburg

  • I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it. – Carl Sandburg

  • Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. – Carl Sandburg

  • The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read-only with a dictionary to help. – Carl Sandburg

  • A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. – Carl Sandburg

  • I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself. – Carl Sandburg



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  • I decided I would go to Chicago and try my luck as a writer after those eight months as a fireman. – Carl Sandburg

  • I can remember only a few of the strange and curious words now dead but living and spoken by the English people a thousand years ago. – Carl Sandburg

  • I had been keeping an off eye on the advertising field, thinking I might become an idea man and a copywriter. – Carl Sandburg

  • We read Robert Browning’s poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough. – Carl Sandburg

  • I have become infected, now that I see how beautifully a book is coming out of all this. – Carl Sandburg

  • I have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way. – Carl Sandburg

  • We had two grand antique professors who had been teaching at Lombard since before I was born. – Carl Sandburg

  • I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot, with long drooping ends. I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors, poets, wearing this style of tie. – Carl Sandburg

  • Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are. – Carl Sandburg

  • Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us, and only for those who were willing to fail are the dangers and splendors of life. – Carl Sandburg

  • The past is a bucket of ashes – Carl Sandburg

  • It was here we turned the coffee cups upside down. And your eyes and the moon swept the valley. – Carl Sandburg

  • Now is the time. It is never too late to start something. – Carl Sandburg

  • I am! I have come through! I belong! – Carl Sandburg

  • The drum in a dream pounds loud to the dreamer. – Carl Sandburg

  • There is an eagle in me that wants to soar… – Carl Sandburg

  • Such a big miracle in such a tiny baby. Big things often have small beginnings A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on. – Carl Sandburg

  • A liar is a liar and lives on the lies he tells and dies in a life of lies. – Carl Sandburg

  • I am an idealist. I believe in everything — I am only looking for proofs. – Carl Sandburg

  • What if someone gave a war & Nobody came? / Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and Forever be Itself again. – Carl Sandburg

  • There is no song to your singing. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • What else have I done nearly all my life than go hungry and go on singing? – Carl Sandburg

  • Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Poetry is a series of explanations of life, fading off into horizons too swift for explanations. – Carl Sandburg

  • Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it until the test comes. – Carl Sandburg

  • The machine yes the machine never wastes anybody’s time never watches the foreman never talks back. – Carl Sandburg

  • Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention is as marvelous as a newborn child. – Carl Sandburg

  • Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going? - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Life goes before we know what it is. / One fool is enough in any house. / Even God gets tired of too much hallelujah. / Take it easy and live long as brothers. – Carl Sandburg

  • Men of ideas vanish when freedom vanishes. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Freedom is baffling: men having it often know not they have it till it is gone and they no longer have it. – Carl Sandburg

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  • God, let me remember all good losers. – Carl Sandburg

  • Tell no man anything, for no man listens Yet hold thy lips ready to speak. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • I take you and pile high the memories. Death will break her claws on some I keep. – Carl Sandburg

  • Come clean with a child heart Laugh as peaches in the summer wind Let rain on a house roof be a song Let the writing on your face be a smell of apple orchards on late June. – Carl Sandburg

  • Somebody’s little girl- how easy it is to make a sob story over who she once was and who she now is. – Carl Sandburg

  • Let your heart look on white sea spray and be lonely. Love is a fool star. You and a ring of stars may mention my name and then forget me. Love is a fool star. – Carl Sandburg

  • In democracy both a deep reverence and a sense of the comic are requisite. – Carl Sandburg

  • Poetry is a fresh morning spider-web telling a story of moonlit hours of weaving and waiting during a night. – Carl Sandburg

  • Money buys everything except love, personality, freedom, immortality, silence, peace. – Carl Sandburg

  • My first stringed instrument was a cigar box banjo where I cut and turned the pegs and strung the wires myself. – Carl Sandburg

  • Poetry is a kinetic arrangement of static syllables. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • I was up day and night with Lincoln for years. I couldn't have picked a better companion. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Poetry is an enumeration of birds, bees, babies, butterflies, bugs, bambinos, babayagas, and bipeds, beating their way up bewildering bastions. – Carl Sandburg

  • Poetry is the establishment of a metaphorical link between white butterfly-wings and the scraps of torn-up love-letters. – Carl Sandburg

  • I’ll die propped up in bed trying to do a poem about America. – Carl Sandburg

  • We live in the time of the colossal upright oblong. – Carl Sandburg

  • An expert is a damn fool a long way from home. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • There will be a rusty gun on the wall, sweetheart, The rifle grooves curling with flakes of rust. A spider will make a silver string nest in the darkest, warmest corner of it. – Carl Sandburg

  • out of great Russia came three dusky syllables workmen took guns and went out to die for: Bread, Peace, Land. – Carl Sandburg

  • Poetry is the harnessing of the paradox of earth cradling life and then entombing it. - Carl Sandburg Click To Tweet
  • Poetry is any page from a sketchbook of outlines of a doorknob with thumb-prints of dust, blood, dreams. – Carl Sandburg

  • If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell – Carl Sandburg

  • Why does a hearse horse snicker, hauling a lawyer away? – Carl Sandburg

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