Carl Sandburg

Novelist, Author

1878 – 1967


Who was Carl Sandburg?

Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor best known for poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Sandburg "indubitably an American in every pulse-beat".

Famous Quotes:

  • Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
  • Nothing happens unless first a dream.
  • Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
  • 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.
  • In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
  • Sometime theyll give a war and nobody will come.
  • Who put up that cage?Who hung it up with bars, doors?Why do those on the inside want to get out?Why do those outside want to get in?What is this crying inside and out all the time?What is this endless, useless beating of baffled wings at these bars, doors, this cage?
  • One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
  • The republic is a dreamNothing happens unless first a dream.
  • A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

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Jan 6, 1878
Also known as
  • Sandburg, Carl
  • Swedish American
  • United States of America
  • Lombard College
    (1898/10 - 1902/05)
Lived in
  • Elmhurst
  • Milwaukee
  • Flat Rock
Jul 22, 1967
Flat Rock

on July 23, 2013


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