"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Carl Sandburg on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Carl Sandburg on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Carl Sandburg on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Carl Sandburg on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Carl Sandburg on Robert Frost
"I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world."
"Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed."
"Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me."
"All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure."
"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way."