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Carl Sandburg quotes (15)
I want to do the right thing but often I don't know just what the right thing is. Every day I know I have come short of what I would like to have done. Yet as the years pass and I see the very world itself with its oceans and mountains and plains as something unfinished a peculiar little satisfaction hunts out the corners of my heart. Sunsets and evening shadows find me regretful at task's undone but sleep and the dawn and the air of the morning touch me with freshening hopes. Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny.
Carl Sandburg Category: Right
Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
Carl Sandburg Category: Joy
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Carl Sandburg Category: Dream
A baby is Gods opinion that the world should go on.
Carl Sandburg Category: Baby
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 theyll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg Category: Unsorted
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment.
Carl Sandburg Category: Poetry
To work hard to live hard to die hard and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard.
Carl Sandburg Category: Hell
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 Category: Others
Slang is language that takes off its coat spits on its hands and goes to work.
Carl Sandburg Category: Language
I am an idealist. I don't know where Im going but Im on my way.
Carl Sandburg Category: Idea
If [America] forgets where she came from if the people lose sight of what brought them along if she listens to the deniers and mockers then will begin the rot and dissolution.
Carl Sandburg Category: Ambition
Look out how you use proud words. When you let proud words go it is not easy to call them back. They wear long boots hard boots; they walk off proud; they cant hear you calling. Look out how you use proud words.
Carl Sandburg Category: Word
I wont take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
Carl Sandburg Category: Preach
Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Shovel them under and let me work. I am the grass. I cover all.
Carl Sandburg Category: Grass
Sometime theyll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg Category: War