Carl Sandburg Quotes

Carl Sandburg

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.

Carl Sandburg
(Incidentals, 1904)
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A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

Carl Sandburg (Remembrance Rock, 1948)

A man must find time for himself.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg (Chicago Poems, 1916)

Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg (Sandburg Range, 1957)

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.

Carl Sandburg (Incidentals, 1904)

The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.

Carl Sandburg (Moonlight and Maggots, 1950)

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

Carl Sandburg

There are people who want to be everywhere at once and they seem to get nowhere.

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

Each man pictures his hell or heaven different.

Carl Sandburg (Good Morning America)

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

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg (New York Times, 1959)

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

Carl Sandburg

I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out.

Carl Sandburg (Quoted in Ever the Winds of Chance, 1983)

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.

Carl Sandburg (Cornhuskers, 1918)

There are men who can't be bought.

Carl Sandburg (The People, Yes, 1936)

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

Carl Sandburg (Chicago Poems, 1916)

When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.

Carl Sandburg (Interview by his friend Joseph Wershba, 1956)

Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.

Carl Sandburg (Good Morning America, 1928)

What will tomorrow write?

Carl Sandburg (The People, Yes, 1936)

The strong win against the weak.
The strong lose against the stronger.

Carl Sandburg (The People, Yes, 1936)

There was always the consolation that if I didn't like what I wrote I could throw it away or burn it.

Carl Sandburg (Quoted in Ever the Winds of Chance, 1983)

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

Carl Sandburg (The People, Yes, 1936)

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

Where was I going? I puzzled and wondered about it til I actually enjoyed the puzzlement and wondering.

Carl Sandburg (Ever the Winds of Chance, 1983)

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

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

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

Carl Sandburg (Reckless Ecstasy, 1904)

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 (Incidentals, 1904)

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Carl Sandburg Biography

Born: January 6, 1878
Died: July 22, 1967

Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor. He is most famous and known for his award-winning poetry and biography of Abraham Lincoln.

Notable Works

Incidentals (1904)
Chicago Poems
Rootabaga Stories (1922)
The People, Yes (1936)
The Family of Man (1955)

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
Edmond de Goncourt in his journal "Journal des Goncourt"

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.
G. I. Gurdjieff in "In Search of the Miraculous"

All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.
Jean-Paul Sartre in "Being and Nothingness"

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 be candid with herself and with the world.
Helena Rubinstein

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
Francies Herbert Bradley in "Aphorisms"

Tis the business of little minds to shrink. But he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine in "The American Crisis"