Carl Sandburg’s Pithy Wisdom …

Posted on June 26, 2007. Filed under: American Thinkers, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty |

Carl Sandburg was a lot of things – poet, historian, novelist, balladeer, and folklorist. Though born of Swedish parents, H. L. Mencken called him, “indubitably an American in every pulse-beat.” He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and one for his poems.

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected and unplanned by me. The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. The Best is the Enemy of the Good.  The greatest cunning is to have none at all.

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

Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.

I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way. Where was I going? I puzzled and wondered about it till I actually enjoyed the puzzlement and wondering.



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