Carl Sandburg Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old carl sandburg quotes, carl sandburg sayings, and carl sandburg proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Nothing happens unless first we dream.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.     

Carl Sandburg

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.     

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

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

Texas is a blend of valor and swagger.     

Carl Sandburg

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

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

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.     

Carl Sandburg

Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Carl Sandburg

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.     

Carl Sandburg

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.     

Carl Sandburg

To never see a fool you lock yourself in your room and smash the looking-glass.     

Carl Sandburg

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.     

Carl Sandburg

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