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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Carl Sandburg on anger, Chicago, dream, nature, poems, nothing, honey, salt, moon, life, God, baby, soar, future and trust.

88 Inspiring Quotes By Carl Sandburg

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer & Editor

Born On: January 6, 1878

Died On: July 22, 1967

Born In: Galesburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

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

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

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

Carl Sandburg

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.

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

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

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

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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

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.

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

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

God, let me remember all good losers.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

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

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

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.

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.

Carl Sandburg

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

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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?

Carl Sandburg

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

To know silence perfectly is to know music.

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

Nothing happens... but first a dream

Carl Sandburg

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

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.

Carl Sandburg

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.

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.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg