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Carl Sandburg
1878 - 1967

American poet, author and socialist activist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for Abraham Lincoln: The War Years and again in 1951 for Complete Poems

If [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.

To those who had ordered them to death one of them said: 'We die because the people are asleep and you will die because the people will awaken.'

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.

1960 - from a column in the New York Post