Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

American Poet

Lived from: 1878-1967

Quotes: Carl Sandburg

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    Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
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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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    A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.
    Source: Variation of izquotes.com/quote/162233
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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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    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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    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.
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    Calling it off comes easy enough if you haven't told the girl you are smitten with her.
    Source: Ever the Winds of Chance (1983)
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    CHICAGO: Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.
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    Drum on your drums, batter on your banjos,
    sob on the long cool winding saxophones.
    Go to it, O jazzmen.
    Source: Jazz Fantasia (1920)
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    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.
    Source: Ever the Winds of Chance (1983)
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    Freedom is baffling:
    men having it often
    know not they have it
    till it is gone and
    they no longer have it.
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    Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.
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    Hog Butcher for the World,
    Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
    Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
    Stormy, husky, brawling,
    City of the Big Shoulders.
    Source: Chicago (1916)
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