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Carl Sandburg
January 6, 1878 - July 22, 1967
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard.


A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.


Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.


Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.


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.


Nothing happens unless first we dream.


In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.


Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.


I can remember only a few of the strange and curious words now dead but living and spoken by the English people a thousand years ago.


Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny.


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


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.


Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.


The greatest cunning is to have none at all.


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.


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


I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.


Often I look back and see that I had been many kinds of a fool-and that I had been happy in being this or that kind of fool.


A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.


There was always the consolation that if I didn't like what I wrote I could throw it away or burn it.


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