Carl Sandburg

1878 - 1967

A Quote by Carl Sandburg on poetry, language, and poems

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on choose, peace, and war

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

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on coffee, moon, and eyes

It was here we turned the coffee cups upside down.
And your eyes and the moon swept the valley.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Source: From “Valley Song” by Carl Sandburg, 1918

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on poetry

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Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on hell life poetry authoring

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.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on religion

I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on life, people, and time

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.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on soldiers, study, and war

The little girl saw her first troop parade and asked, "What are those?" "Soldiers." "What are soldiers?" "They are for war. They fight and each tries to kill as many of the other side as they can." The girl held still and studied. "Do you know . . . I know something." "Yes, what is it you know?" "Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come."

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Source: "The Little Girl Saw Her First Troop Parade" in The People, Yes (1936)

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