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Carl Sandburg quotes page 2

Come clean with a child heart,
Laugh as peaches in the summer wind,
Let rain on a house roof be a song,
Let the writing on your face,
be a smell of apple orchards on late June.
Carl Sandburg

A man must find time for himself.
Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.
Carl Sandburg

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

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.
Carl Sandburg

Each man pictures his hell or heaven different.
Carl Sandburg

It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to
sit on a rock in the forest and ask, "Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?"
Carl Sandburg

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

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
Carl Sandburg

It is the business of little minds to shrink.
Carl Sandburg

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, nor 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

I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.
Carl Sandburg

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

I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in
the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great
days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.
Carl Sandburg

Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.
Carl Sandburg

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