Carl Sandburg Quotes (Author of Abraham Lincoln) – Top 50 Quotes By Carl Sadburg


Carl Sandburg was an American writer, editor, Biographer, poet and journalist who bagged in three ‘Pulitzer Prizes’, one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and two for his poetries. He was considered an eminent figure in contemporary literature. Some of his notable works include ‘Smoke And Steel’, ‘Potato Face’, ‘Good Morning, America’, ‘Chicago Poems’ and ‘Cornhuskers’ amongst others. He has also been inducted into the ‘Chicago Hall of Fame’ in 2011. In order to commemorate the legend his home has been preserved as ‘Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’ by ‘National Park Service’. Here is a collection of thoughts, views, words and opinions that the renowned writer has expressed through his writings, works, books, poems and life. Read through the quotes and sayings by Carl Sandburg which are sure to empower and motivate you.

Carl Sandburg Quotes

Carl Sandburg Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  • Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder. – Carl Sandburg
  • I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself. – Carl Sandburg
  • All human actions are equivalent… and all are on principle doomed to failure. – Carl Sandburg
  • Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come. – Carl Sandburg
  • When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on. – Carl Sandburg
  • Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. – Carl Sandburg
  • 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. – Carl Sandburg
  • A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on. – Carl Sandburg
  • I won’t take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth. – Carl Sandburg
  • The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. – Carl Sandburg
  • Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. – Carl Sandburg
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  • 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
  • To be a good loser is to learn how to win. – Carl Sandburg
  • Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment. – Carl Sandburg
  • Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me. – Carl Sandburg
  • There are 10 men in me and I do not know or understand one of them. – Carl Sandburg
  • Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. – Carl Sandburg
  • I learned you can’t trust the judgment of good friends. – Carl Sandburg
  • Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. – Carl Sandburg
  • The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect. – Carl Sandburg
  • The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. – Carl Sandburg
  • We read Robert Browning’s poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough. – Carl Sandbur
  • Nothing happens unless first we dream. – Carl Sandburg
  • I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor. – Carl Sandburg
  • 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. – Carl Sandburg
  • Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. – Carl Sandburg
  • 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. – Carl Sandburg
  • In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. – Carl Sandburg