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Carl Sandburg, American Poet ( January 6, 1878 - July 22, 1967 )

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Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.~Carl Sandburg


Dance Poetry Shadow

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


Life God Baby

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.~Carl Sandburg


Motivational Good Learn

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


Future Moving On Past

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.~Carl Sandburg


Me Mud Eagle

Nothing happens unless first we dream.~Carl Sandburg


Dreams Dream Nothing

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder.~Carl Sandburg


Nature Deep Gentle

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.~Carl Sandburg


Respect Sea People

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


Destiny Night Wind

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


May Man Die

Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.~Carl Sandburg


Life Love Time

When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.~Carl Sandburg


Poetry Girl Writing

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


Anger Nothing Most

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


I Am Know Way

I learned you can't trust the judgment of good friends.~Carl Sandburg


Good Trust Friends

Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence.~Carl Sandburg


Love Yourself Neighbor

All politicians should have 3 hats - one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected.~Carl Sandburg


Talk Should Ring

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.~Carl Sandburg


Poetry Biscuits Synthesis

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.~Carl Sandburg


Time Sky Window

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.~Carl Sandburg


Happiness Admire Without

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


Morning Eyes Society

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


Me Looking Hell

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.~Carl Sandburg


Greatest Creative Solitude

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.~Carl Sandburg


Gift Know Test

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.~Carl Sandburg


Talking Three Politician

Calling it off comes easy enough if you haven't told the girl you are smitten with her.~Carl Sandburg


Girl You Easy