Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

American Poet

Lived from: 1878-1967

Quotes: Carl Sandburg

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    The machine yes the machine
    never wastes anybody's time
    never watches the foreman
    never talks back.
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    Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.
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    Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
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    I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.
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    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.
    Source: On America, in Remembrance Rock (1948)
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    In the average newspaper there is not a complete suppression of stories that the sacred cows don't want printed. But rather what happens is that the stories get printed with stresses, colorations and emphasis that favor the sacred cows.
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    Lay me on an anvil, O God.
    Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
    Let me pry loose old walls.
    Let me lift and loosen old foundations.
    Source: Prayers of Steel (1920)
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    Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
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    Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio or looked at TV. They had loneliness and knew what to do with it. They knew that was when the creative mood in them would work.
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    Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are.
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    The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read only with a dictionary to help.
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    A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
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    A liar goes in fine clothes,
    A liar goes in rags.
    A liar is a liar, clothes or no clothes.
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    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?
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    And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger. And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them: Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
    Source: Chicago l. 10 (1916)
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