"The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Carl Sandburg on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Carl Sandburg on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Carl Sandburg on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Carl Sandburg on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Carl Sandburg on Abraham Lincoln
"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."