259 Total Quotes

Carl Sandburg Quotes

Carl Sandburg
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet #Birth

Carl Sandburg
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.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet #Age And Aging

Carl Sandburg
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet #Poetry

Carl Sandburg
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

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
#American Poet #Grammar

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

Carl Sandburg
A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
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.
Carl Sandburg
#Anger

Carl Sandburg
Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

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

Carl Sandburg
Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
Carl Sandburg
#Joy #Life #inspirational

Carl Sandburg
Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
All politicians should have 3 hats -- one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected.
Carl Sandburg
#Hats

Carl Sandburg
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude
Carl Sandburg
#America

Carl Sandburg
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

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
#Nature

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.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
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.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

Carl Sandburg
Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence
Carl Sandburg
#Fence

Carl Sandburg
Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.
Carl Sandburg
#American Poet

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
#American Poet