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

— Carl Sandburg

The most captivate Carl Sandburg quotes that will inspire your inner self

Yesterday and tomorrow cross and mix on the skyline.

The two are lost in a purple haze. One forgets, one waits.

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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.

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

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Carl Sandburg quote I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm

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

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There is an eagle in me that wants to soar.

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Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

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Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

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Carl Sandburg quote I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm

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

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Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.

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Love your neighbor as yourself but don't take down your fence.

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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.

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It is necessary ... for a man to go away by himself ... to sit on a rock ... and ask, 'Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?

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

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Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.

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About Carl Sandburg

Quotes 272 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday January 6, 1878

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

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Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.

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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.

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Nothing happens unless first we dream.

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The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

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Under the harvest moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers.

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The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.

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

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Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.

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

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Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.

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

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

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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.

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Poetry is a mystic, sensuous mathematics of fire, smoke-stacks, waffles, pansies, people, and purple sunsets.

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

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Yesterday is done. Tomorrow never comes. Today is here. If you don't know what to do, sit still and listen. You may hear something. Nobody knows.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio or looked at television. They had 'Loneliness' and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would work.

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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.

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The fog comes on little cat feet.

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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.

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Hog butcher for the world,Tool maker, stacker of wheat,Player with railroads and the nation's freight handler;Stormy, husky, brawling,City of the big shoulders.

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An ambition is a little creeper that creeps and creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, "Come and find me, come and find me."

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Calling it off comes easy enough if you haven't told the girl you are smitten with her.

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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.

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I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease but the quacking duck gets shot.

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The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.

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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.

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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.

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Now is the time. It is never too late to start something.

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Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.

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