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Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg



Carl Sandburg Quote: “I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Nothing happens unless first we dream.”

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.”

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg



Carl Sandburg Quote: “The greatest certainty in life is death. The greatest uncertainty is the time.”

The greatest certainty in life is death. The greatest uncertainty is the time.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease but the quacking duck gets shot.”

The squeaky wheel gets the grease but the quacking duck gets shot.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damned hard.”

To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damned hard.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Money buys everything except love, personality, freedom, immortality, silence, peace.”

Money buys everything except love, personality, freedom, immortality, silence, peace.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Beware of advice-even this.”

Beware of advice-even this.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.”

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


Carl Sandburg Quote: “The single clenched fist lifted and ready, Or the open asking hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.”

The single clenched fist lifted and ready, Or the open asking hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “To be a good loser is to learn how to win.”

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “A tree is best measured when it is down – and so it is with people.”

A tree is best measured when it is down – and so it is with people.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is as hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect.”

Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is as hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect.

— Carl Sandburg



Carl Sandburg Quote: “Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.”

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “The fog comes on little cat feet.”

The fog comes on little cat feet.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.”

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


Carl Sandburg Quote: “There is only one child in the world and the Child’s name is All Children.”

There is only one child in the world and the Child’s name is All Children.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Poetry is a mystic, sensuous mathematics of fire, smoke-stacks, waffles, pansies, people, and purple sunsets.”

Poetry is a mystic, sensuous mathematics of fire, smoke-stacks, waffles, pansies, people, and purple sunsets.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?”

Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Come on, you Do you want to live forever?”

Come on, you Do you want to live forever?

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

— Carl Sandburg


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

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

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Love your neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down the fence.”

Love your neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down the fence.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.”

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “The past is a bucket of ashes.”

The past is a bucket of ashes.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.”

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


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.”

Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are.”

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


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Men of ideas vanish when freedom vanishes.”

Men of ideas vanish when freedom vanishes.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “God, let me remember all good losers.”

God, let me remember all good losers.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Now is the time. It is never too late to start something.”

Now is the time. It is never too late to start something.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “There is only one man in the world and his name is All Men. There is only one woman in the world and her name is All Women. There is only one child in the world and the child’s name is All Children.”

There is only one man in the world and his name is All Men. There is only one woman in the world and her name is All Women. There is only one child in the world and the child’s name is All Children.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “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.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.”

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

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Let your heart look on white sea spray and be lonely. Love is a fool star. You and a ring of stars may mention my name and then forget me. Love is a fool star.”

Let your heart look on white sea spray and be lonely. Love is a fool star. You and a ring of stars may mention my name and then forget me. Love is a fool star.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Our lives are like a candle in the wind.”

Our lives are like a candle in the wind.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.”

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar...”

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar...

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “Under the harvest moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers.”

Under the harvest moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers.

— Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg Quote: “I am still studying verbs and the mystery of how they connect nouns. I am more suspicious of adjectives than at any other time in all my born days.”

I am still studying verbs and the mystery of how they connect nouns. I am more suspicious of adjectives than at any other time in all my born days.

— Carl Sandburg

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