Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as "a major figure in contemporary literature", especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920).

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Nothing happens unless first we dream.

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.

Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us, and only for those who were willing to fail are the dangers and splendors of life.

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

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.

Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

I learned you can't trust the judgment of good friends.

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.

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.

Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

Calling it off comes easy enough if you haven't told the girl you are smitten with her.

I decided I would go to Chicago and try my luck as a writer after those eight months as a fireman.

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.

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

When I was writing pretty poor poetry this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.

Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are.

There have been as many varieties of socialists as there are wild birds that fly in the woods and sometimes go up and on through the clouds.

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.

A man may be born but in order to be born he must first die and in order to die he must first awake.

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