Carl Sandburg

United States writer remembered for his poetry in free verse and his six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (1878-1967)

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A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.
Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper until you get the right answer.
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.
History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it.
I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.
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.
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.
I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
In reply to the question, What was it the last man on earth said Where is everybody
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.
Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of al evil, the sum of all blessings.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
Sometime theyll give a war and nobody will come.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.
The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.
The republic is a dreamNothing happens unless first a dream.
There are dreams stronger than death. Men and women die holding these dreams.
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.
Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.
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.
Who put up that cage?Who hung it up with bars, doors?Why do those on the inside want to get out?Why do those outside want to get in?What is this crying inside and out all the time?What is this endless, useless beating of baffled wings at these bars, doors, this cage?

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