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88 Inspiring Quotes By Carl Sandburg

Famous As: Writer & Editor
Born On: January 6, 1878
Died On: July 22, 1967
Born In: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died At Age: 89
Carl Sandburg was a prominent American writer, editor and poet who bagged in three ‘Pulitzer Prizes’, one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and two for his poetries. He was considered an eminent figure in contemporary literature. Some of his notable works include ‘Smoke And Steel’, ‘Potato Face’, ‘Good Morning, America’, ‘Chicago Poems’ and ‘Cornhuskers’ amongst others. He has also been inducted into the ‘Chicago Hall of Fame’ in 2011. In order to commemorate the legend his home has been preserved as ‘Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’ by ‘National Park Service’. Here is a collection of thoughts, views, words and opinions that the renowned writer has expressed through his writings, works, books, poems and life. Read through the quotes and sayings by Carl Sandburg which are sure to empower and motivate you.
Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.

Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.

Carl Sandburg
I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.

I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.

Carl Sandburg
A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.

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

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

The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.

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

Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

Carl Sandburg
Nothing happens unless first a dream.

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

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.

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
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.

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
Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg
I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way.

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

Carl Sandburg
Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves. 
They flickered out saying:

Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves. They flickered out saying: "It was worth being a bubble, just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds.

Carl Sandburg
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

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

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
To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard.

To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard.

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

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

Carl Sandburg
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!

But leave me a little love.

Give me hunger, pain and want, Shut me out with shame and failure From your doors of gold and fame, Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger! But leave me a little love.

Carl Sandburg
Life is an onion - you peel it year by year and sometimes cry.

Life is an onion - you peel it year by year and sometimes cry.

Carl Sandburg
Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.

Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.

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.

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
I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.

I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.

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

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning

Carl Sandburg
Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

Carl Sandburg
By night the skyscraper looms in the smoke and the stars and has a soul.

By night the skyscraper looms in the smoke and the stars and has a soul.

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

Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-haired child.

Carl Sandburg
Yesterday and tomorrow cross and mix on the skyline. The two are lost in a purple haze. One forgets, one waits.

Yesterday and tomorrow cross and mix on the skyline. The two are lost in a purple haze. One forgets, one waits.

Carl Sandburg
I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.

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

Carl Sandburg
There is a music for lonely hearts nearly always.
 If the music dies down there is a silence.
 Almost the same as the movement of music.
 To know silence perfectly is to know music.

There is a music for lonely hearts nearly always. If the music dies down there is a silence. Almost the same as the movement of music. To know silence perfectly is to know music.

Carl Sandburg
The past is a bucket of ashes

The past is a bucket of ashes

Carl Sandburg
There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted

There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted

Carl Sandburg
We can never possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.

We can never possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.

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.

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
Tell no man anything, for no man listens
Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.

Tell no man anything, for no man listens Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.

Carl Sandburg
I take you and pile high the memories. Death will break her claws on some I keep.

I take you and pile high the memories. Death will break her claws on some I keep.

Carl Sandburg
After the sunset on the prairie, there are only the stars

After the sunset on the prairie, there are only the stars

Carl Sandburg
My name is Truth and I am the most elusive captive
in the universe.

My name is Truth and I am the most elusive captive in the universe.

Carl Sandburg
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the women don't get you then the whiskey must.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the women don't get you then the whiskey must.

Carl Sandburg
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.

Our lives are like a candle in the wind.

Carl Sandburg
God, let me remember all good losers.

God, let me remember all good losers.

Carl Sandburg
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself

I've written some poetry I don't understand myself

Carl Sandburg
A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one.

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one.

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

I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it

Carl Sandburg
Why did he write to her, “I can’t live without you?” And why did she write to him “I can’t live without you?” For he went west and she went east and they both lived.

Why did he write to her, “I can’t live without you?” And why did she write to him “I can’t live without you?” For he went west and she went east and they both lived.

Carl Sandburg
A women is like a tea bag.it's only when she is in hot water that you realize how strong she is.

A women is like a tea bag.it's only when she is in hot water that you realize how strong she is.

Carl Sandburg
So we all love a wild girl keeping a hold

On a dream she wants.

So we all love a wild girl keeping a hold On a dream she wants.

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.

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
There is only one child in the world and the Child’s name is All Children.

There is only one child in the world and the Child’s name is All Children.

Carl Sandburg
I am stone and steel of your sleeping numbers;
I remember all you forget.
I will die as many times
as you make me over again.

I am stone and steel of your sleeping numbers; I remember all you forget. I will die as many times as you make me over again.

Carl Sandburg
Read the dictionary from A to Izzard today.
Get a vocabulary. Brush up on your diction.
See whether wisdom is just a lot of language.

Read the dictionary from A to Izzard today. Get a vocabulary. Brush up on your diction. See whether wisdom is just a lot of language.

Carl Sandburg
Revolt and terror pay a price.
Order and law have a cost.

Revolt and terror pay a price. Order and law have a cost.

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

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
The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open asking hand held out and waiting.
Choose:
For we meet by one or the other.

The single clenched fist lifted and ready, Or the open asking hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.

Carl Sandburg
One Parting

Why did he write to her,

One Parting Why did he write to her, "I can't live without you"? And why did she write to him, "I can't live without you"? For he went west, she went east, And they both lived.

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

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

Carl Sandburg
Someday they'll give a war and nobody will come.

Someday they'll give a war and nobody will come.

Carl Sandburg
There are men and women so lonely they believe God, too, is lonely.

There are men and women so lonely they believe God, too, is lonely.

Carl Sandburg
Now I am here - now read me - give me a name.

Now I am here - now read me - give me a name.

Carl Sandburg
Have I, have you, been too silent? Is there an easy crime of silence?

Have I, have you, been too silent? Is there an easy crime of silence?

Carl Sandburg
Nothing happens unless first we dream.

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

Carl Sandburg
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.

Carl Sandburg
Fog

The fog comes
on little cat feet. 

It sits looking 
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg
The shovel is brother to the gun.

The shovel is brother to the gun.

Carl Sandburg
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.

Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.

Carl Sandburg
Nothing happens... but first a dream

Nothing happens... but first a dream

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

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

Carl Sandburg
The secret to happiness is to admire without desiring.

The secret to happiness is to admire without desiring.

Carl Sandburg
Wishes left on your lips	
The mark of their wings.	
Regrets fly kites in your eyes.

Wishes left on your lips The mark of their wings. Regrets fly kites in your eyes.

Carl Sandburg
Here I saw a city rise and say to the peoples round world: Listen, I am strong, I know what I want.

Here I saw a city rise and say to the peoples round world: Listen, I am strong, I know what I want.

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

Why does a hearse horse snicker, hauling a lawyer away?

Carl Sandburg
The doorknobs open the doors. The windows are always either open or shut. We are always either upstairs or downstairs in this house. Everything is the same as it always was.

The doorknobs open the doors. The windows are always either open or shut. We are always either upstairs or downstairs in this house. Everything is the same as it always was.

Carl Sandburg
To know silence perfectly is to know music.

To know silence perfectly is to know music.

Carl Sandburg
There are some people so lonely, they think God is lonely too-

There are some people so lonely, they think God is lonely too-

Carl Sandburg
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

Carl Sandburg
I cannot tell you now;
When the wind's drive and whirl
Blow me along no longer,
And the wind's a whisper at last -
Maybe I'll tell you then
some other time.

I cannot tell you now; When the wind's drive and whirl Blow me along no longer, And the wind's a whisper at last - Maybe I'll tell you then some other time.

Carl Sandburg
Enough small empty boxes thrown into a big empty box fill it full.

Enough small empty boxes thrown into a big empty box fill it full.

Carl Sandburg
Blowing,Blowing
The gray slabs
Will lose you
the winds will flick you away
In a whiff

Blowing,Blowing The gray slabs Will lose you the winds will flick you away In a whiff

Carl Sandburg
The fog comes on little cat feet.

The fog comes on little cat feet.

Carl Sandburg
A tough will counts. So does desire.
So does a rich soft wanting.
Without rich wanting nothing arrives.

A tough will counts. So does desire. So does a rich soft wanting. Without rich wanting nothing arrives.

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

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

Carl Sandburg
And the Sphinx broke its long silence:

And the Sphinx broke its long silence: "Don't expect too much.

Carl Sandburg
SONG OF THE MAN WHO WAS TO BE HUNG The thunders will take me home, whenever I mind to go home, my friends, and the wind it will take me home, too.

SONG OF THE MAN WHO WAS TO BE HUNG The thunders will take me home, whenever I mind to go home, my friends, and the wind it will take me home, too.

Carl Sandburg
Death comes once, let it be easy.

Death comes once, let it be easy.

Carl Sandburg
Seine Kleider, die den Zweck hatten, Klte und Hitze von ihm abzuhalten, schienen zu flstern: Er zog uns an, whrend er mit seinen Gedanken ganz wo anders war.

Seine Kleider, die den Zweck hatten, Klte und Hitze von ihm abzuhalten, schienen zu flstern: Er zog uns an, whrend er mit seinen Gedanken ganz wo anders war.

Carl Sandburg
I know of no task so salutory to the poet who would, first of all, put himself in touch with the resident genius of his own land.

I know of no task so salutory to the poet who would, first of all, put himself in touch with the resident genius of his own land.

Carl Sandburg
Night from a railroad car window
is a great, dark, soft thing
Broken across with slashes of light.

Night from a railroad car window is a great, dark, soft thing Broken across with slashes of light.

Carl Sandburg
There is only one child in the world
and the child's name is all children.

There is only one child in the world and the child's name is all children.

Carl Sandburg
To a man across a thousand years I offer a handshake.	
I say to him: Brother, make the story short, for the stretch of a thousand years is short.

To a man across a thousand years I offer a handshake. I say to him: Brother, make the story short, for the stretch of a thousand years is short.

Carl Sandburg