Quotes by: Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
Sandburg in 1955
Born Carl August Sandburg[1]
(1878-01-06)January 6, 1878
Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 22, 1967(1967-07-22) (aged 89)
Flat Rock, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Journalist, author
Nationality American
Ethnicity Swedish
Alma mater Lombard College (non-graduate)
Notable works
Chicago Poems The People, Yes Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years Rootabaga Stories
Notable awards
Pulitzer Prize (1919, 1940, 1951) Robert Frost Medal (1952)
Spouse Lilian Steichen
Children Margaret, Helga, and Janet
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1898
Rank Private
Unit Company C, 6th Illinois Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Spanish–American War

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Carl Sandburg
A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.
Carl Sandburg
I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.
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
We don't have to think up a title till we get the doggone book written.
Carl Sandburg
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.
Carl Sandburg
I have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way.
Carl Sandburg
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
Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
Carl Sandburg
I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.
Carl Sandburg
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
Carl Sandburg
We read Robert Browning's poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough.
Carl Sandburg
Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder.
Carl Sandburg
I couldn't see myself filling some definite niche in what is called a career. This was all misty.
Carl Sandburg
When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.
Carl Sandburg
I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building.
Carl Sandburg
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
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
I have become infected, now that I see how beautifully a book is coming out of all this.
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

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