Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg was an American poet, historian, novelist, balladeer and folklorist.
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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

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.

Carl Sandburg

I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

Carl Sandburg

In these times you have to be an optimist to open yours eyes in the morning.

Carl Sandburg

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

Carl Sandburg

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

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 have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way.

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

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.

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

I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.

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 won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.

Carl Sandburg

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.

Carl Sandburg

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper until you get the right answer.

Carl Sandburg

The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read only with a dictionary to help.

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 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

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

Carl Sandburg

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg
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