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Carl Sandburg Quotes

About Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Life: 1878 - 1967

Country: us flag America

Profession: Poet; Writer;

Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 - July 22, 1967) was an American poet, historian, novelist, balladeer, and folklorist. He was born in Galesburg, Illinois of Swedish parents. He lived in the midwest, primarily Chicago, and in 1945 moved to a large estate named Connemara, in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He and his wife and daughters resided at Connemara until his death in 1967.

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Quotations

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

~ Carl Sandburg

Always the path of American destiny has been into the unknown. Always there arose enough reserves of strength, balances of sanity, portions of wisdom to carry the nation through to a fresh start with ever-renewing vitality.

~ Carl Sandburg

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

~ Carl Sandburg

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

~ Carl Sandburg

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

~ Carl Sandburg

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

~ Carl Sandburg

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

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 Valleyrise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons,roses, how should it know?

~ Carl Sandburg

If she [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

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.

~ Carl Sandburg

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