Carl Sandburg Quotes & Wallpapers

Carl Sandburg
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The drum in a dream pounds loud to the dreamer. Carl Sandburg

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

There are dreams stronger than death. Men and women die holding these dreams. Carl Sandburg

Poetry is a shuffling of boxes of illusions buckled with a strap of facts. 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

The marvelous rebellion of man at all signs reading "Keep Off. Carl Sandburg

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

Poetry is the silence and speech between a wet struggling root of a flower and a sunlit blossom of that flower. Carl Sandburg

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

Men of ideas vanish first when freedom vanishes. Carl Sandburg

I glory in this world of men and women, torn with troubles, yet living on to love and laugh through it all. Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

The greatest cunning is to have none at all. Carl Sandburg

We had two grand antique professors who had been teaching at Lombard since before I was born. Carl Sandburg

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

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. Carl Sandburg

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

out of great Russia came three dusky syllables workmen took guns and went out to die for: Bread, Peace, Land. Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is a plan for a slit in the face of a bronze fountain goat and the path of fresh drinking water. Carl Sandburg

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

Poetry is a fossil rock-print of a fin and a wing, with an illegible oath between. Carl Sandburg

Poetry is an exhibit of one pendulum connecting with other and unseen pendulums inside and outside the one seen. Carl Sandburg

Poetry is a dance music measuring buck-and-wing follies along with the gravest and stateliest dead-marches. Carl Sandburg

Poetry is a mock of a cry at finding a million dollars and a mock of a laugh at losing it. Carl Sandburg

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

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer. Carl Sandburg

Whenever a people or an institution forget its hard beginnings, it is beginning to decay. Carl Sandburg

The shovel is the brother to the gun. Carl Sandburg

I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself. Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

Drum on your drums, batter on your banjos, sob on the long cool winding saxophones. Go to it, O jazzmen. Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

Why is there always a secret singing When a lawyer cashes in? Why does a hearse horse snicker Hauling a lawyer away? Carl Sandburg

The machine yes the machine never wastes anybody's time never watches the foreman never talks back. Carl Sandburg

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

Tell no man anything, for no man listens Yet hold thy lips ready to speak. Carl Sandburg

You know being born is important to you. You know nothing else was ever so important to you. Carl Sandburg

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

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

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg

I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor. Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read only with a dictionary to help. Carl Sandburg

I have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way. Carl Sandburg

I have become infected, now that I see how beautifully a book is coming out of all this. Carl Sandburg

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes. Carl Sandburg

Corn wind in the fall, come off the black lands, come off the whisper of the silk hangers, the lap of the flat spear leaves. Carl Sandburg

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

The dead hold in their hands only what they have given away. Carl Sandburg

If I added to their pride of America, I am happy. Carl Sandburg

The buffaloes are gone. And those who saw the buffaloes are gone. Carl Sandburg

A tree is best measured when it is down - and so it is with people. Carl Sandburg

Faith is indispensable, and the world at times does not seem to have quite enough of it. It can and has accomplished what seems to be the impossible. Wars have been started and men and nations lost for the lack of it. Faith starts from the individual and builds men and nations. America was built by and on the faith of our ancestors. Carl Sandburg

There is only one child in the world and the Child's name is All Children. Carl Sandburg



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