Carl Sandburg Quotes & Wallpapers

Carl Sandburg
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The drum in a dream pounds loud to the dreamer. Carl Sandburg
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I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it. Carl Sandburg
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I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out. Carl Sandburg
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The greatest cunning is to have none at all. Carl Sandburg
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We had two grand antique professors who had been teaching at Lombard since before I was born. Carl Sandburg
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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. Carl Sandburg
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I glory in this world of men and women, torn with troubles, yet living on to love and laugh through it all. Carl Sandburg
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A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg
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Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. Carl Sandburg
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There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted Carl Sandburg
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In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning. Carl Sandburg
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Men of ideas vanish first when freedom vanishes. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is the silence and speech between a wet struggling root of a flower and a sunlit blossom of that flower. Carl Sandburg
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There are dreams stronger than death. Men and women die holding these dreams. Carl Sandburg
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So I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them: Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. Carl Sandburg
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The marvelous rebellion of man at all signs reading "Keep Off. Carl Sandburg
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And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release - out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know? Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a shuffling of boxes of illusions buckled with a strap of facts. Carl Sandburg
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The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. Carl Sandburg
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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. Carl Sandburg
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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. Carl Sandburg
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Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. Carl Sandburg
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In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. Carl Sandburg
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Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are. Carl Sandburg
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The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read only with a dictionary to help. Carl Sandburg
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I have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way. Carl Sandburg
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I have become infected, now that I see how beautifully a book is coming out of all this. Carl Sandburg
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Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Shovel them under and let me work- I am the grass; I cover all. And pile them high at Gettysburg. And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Shovel them under and let me work. Two years, ten years,and passengers ask the conductor- What place is this? Where are we now? I am the grass. Let me work. Carl Sandburg
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Such a Big miracle in such a tiny baby. Big things often have small beginnings A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg
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All my life I have been trying to learn, to read, to see and hear, and to write. At sixty-five I began my first novel and after the five years, lacking a month, I took to finish it, I was still traveling, still a seeker. Carl Sandburg
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You know being born is important to you. You know nothing else was ever so important to you. Carl Sandburg
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Whenever a people or an institution forget its hard beginnings, it is beginning to decay. Carl Sandburg
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I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way. Carl Sandburg
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I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg
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I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor. Carl Sandburg
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Tell no man anything, for no man listens Yet hold thy lips ready to speak. Carl Sandburg
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All we need to begin with is a ? dream that we can do better than before. All we need to have is faith, and that dream will come true. All we need to do is act, and the time for action is now. Carl Sandburg
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And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger. And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them: Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. Carl Sandburg
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Why is there always a secret singing When a lawyer cashes in? Why does a hearse horse snicker Hauling a lawyer away? Carl Sandburg
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The machine yes the machine never wastes anybody's time never watches the foreman never talks back. Carl Sandburg
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The impact of television on our culture is... indescribable. There's a certain sense in which it is nearly as important as the invention of printing. Carl Sandburg
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Lay me on an anvil, O God. Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar. Let me pry loose old walls. Let me lift and loosen old foundations. Carl Sandburg
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Man is a long time coming. Man will yet win. Brother may yet line up with brother: This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers. There are men who can't be bought. Carl Sandburg
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Drum on your drums, batter on your banjos, sob on the long cool winding saxophones. Go to it, O jazzmen. Carl Sandburg
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History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it. Carl Sandburg
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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
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out of great Russia came three dusky syllables workmen took guns and went out to die for: Bread, Peace, Land. Carl Sandburg
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There will be a rusty gun on the wall, sweetheart, The rifle grooves curling with flakes of rust. A spider will make a silver string nest in the darkest, warmest corner of it. Carl Sandburg
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I been a wanderin' Early and late, New York City To the Golden Gate An' it looks like I'm never gonna cease my Wanderin'. Carl Sandburg
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The shovel is the brother to the gun. Carl Sandburg
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I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself. Carl Sandburg
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People lie because they don't remember clear what they saw. People lie because they can't help making a story better than it was the way it happened. Carl Sandburg
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Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a plan for a slit in the face of a bronze fountain goat and the path of fresh drinking water. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a slipknot tightened around a time-beat of one thought, two thoughts, and a last interweaving thought there is not yet a number for. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a fossil rock-print of a fin and a wing, with an illegible oath between. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is an exhibit of one pendulum connecting with other and unseen pendulums inside and outside the one seen. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a dance music measuring buck-and-wing follies along with the gravest and stateliest dead-marches. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a mock of a cry at finding a million dollars and a mock of a laugh at losing it. Carl Sandburg
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Look out how you use proud words. When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back. They wear long boots, hard boots; they walk off proud; they can't hear you calling. Look out how you use proud words. Carl Sandburg
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The more rhymethere isin poetry the more dangerof its tricking the writer into something other than the urge in the beginning. Carl Sandburg
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God, let me remember all good losers. Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes. Carl Sandburg
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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. Yet as the years pass and I see the very world itself, with its oceans and mountains and plains, as something unfinished, a peculiar little satisfaction hunts out the corners of my heart. Sunsets and evening shadows find me regretful at task's undone, but sleep and the dawn and the air of the morning touch me with freshening hopes. Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny. Carl Sandburg
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Now is the time. It is never too late to start something. Carl Sandburg
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There is a wolf in me... - I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me and the wilderness will not let it go. Carl Sandburg
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Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder. Carl Sandburg
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There is an eagle in me that wants to soar... Carl Sandburg
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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. Carl Sandburg
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