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46 Carl Sandburg Quotes About Life (POETRY)

Top 10 Most Famous Carl Sandburg Quotes (BEST)

“For we know when a nation goes down and never comes back, when a society or a civilization perishes, one condition may always be found. They forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what brought them along.”

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.
Nothing happens unless first we dream.
Nothing happens unless first we dream.
Be careful with your words, once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.
Be careful with your words, once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
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.
Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.
Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.
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.
A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.
Love your neighbor as yourself but don't take down your fence.
Love your neighbor as yourself but don’t take down your fence.

11 Wise Carl Sandburg Quotes That Will Make You Think (WISDOM)

“A man must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us… It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’… If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time—the stuff of life.”

Carl Sandburg
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
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.
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.
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.
To be a good loser is to learn how to win.
To be a good loser is to learn how to win.
The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.
The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.
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.
You remember some bedrooms you have slept in. There are bedrooms you like to remember and others you would like to forget.
You remember some bedrooms you have slept in. There are bedrooms you like to remember and others you would like to forget.
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.
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.
I learned you can't trust the judgment of good friends.
I learned you can’t trust the judgment of good friends.
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.

10 Carl Sandburg Quotes on Life, Time and Freedom

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.”

Carl Sandburg
Money buys everything except love, personality, freedom, immortality, silence, peace.
Money buys everything except love, personality, freedom, immortality, silence, peace.
If [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.
If [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.
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.
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.
Now is the time. It is never too late to start something.
Now is the time. It is never too late to start something.
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.
I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out.
I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out.
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.
I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.

“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.”

Carl Sandburg

9 Carl Sandburg Quotes on Poetry

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.
I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.
I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself.
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
I’m either going to be a writer or a bum.
I’m either going to be a writer or a bum.
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.
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.
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.
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.

6 Carl Sandburg Quotes Contradictory Quotes

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.
A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.
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.
I want to do the right thing, but often I don't know just what the right thing is. Every day I know I have come short of what I would like to have done.
I want to do the right thing, but often I don’t know just what the right thing is. Every day I know I have come short of what I would like to have done.
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.
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.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

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