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Carl Sandburg

1878-1967 ,  American poet
Carl SandburgAmerican poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as “a major figure in contemporary literature”, especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920).

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Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.

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

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

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment.

The United States is, not are. The Civil War was fought over a verb.

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

Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

We can never possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.

Someday they'll give a war and nobody will come.

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

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

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

There are 10 men in me and I do not know or understand one of them.

Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are.

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I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.

Quotes in Verse

I am the people — the mob — the crowd — the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?


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