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  Nothing happens unless first a dream.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  The time for action is now. It is never too late to do something.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  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
  

  There are people who want to be everywhere at once, and they get nowhere.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  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.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

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

  Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

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

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

  Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  Love your neighbor as yourself; but dont take down the fence.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  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
  

  Revolt and terror pay a price. Order and law have a cost.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  We may pull apart the petals of a rose or make chemical analysis of its perfume, but the mystic beauty of its form and odor is still a secret, locked in to where we have no keys.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  A book is never a masterpiece: It becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. A book that does nothing to you is dead. A baby, whether it does anything to you, represents life. If a bad fire should break out in this house and I had my choice of saving the library or the babies, I would save what is alive. Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention is as marvelous as a newborn baby.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  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
  

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

  Count reminiscenes like money.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  Look out how you use proud words. When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us, and only for those who were willing to fail are the dangers and splendors of life.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  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 have it when the next test comes.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  A man must find time for himself.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  I am an idealist. I dont know where I am going but I am 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 am 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
  

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

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

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

  Nothing happens unless first a dream.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

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

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

  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
  

  The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  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 have it when the next test comes.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

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

  Revolt and terror pay a price. Order and law have a cost.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

  We may pull apart the petals of a rose or make chemical analysis of its perfume, but the mystic beauty of its form and odor is still a secret, locked in to where we have no keys.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

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

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

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

  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
  

  I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  I wrote poems in my corner of the Brooks Street station. I sent them to two editors who rejected them right off. I read those letters of rejection years later and I agreed with those editors.  
 -  Carl Sandburg