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W.H. Auden Quotes

W.H. Auden Quote: “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There’s always another story. There’s more than meets the eye.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Time will say nothing but I told you so...”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Love each other or perish.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We were put on this Earth to help others. Why others were put here is beyond me.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We must love one another or die.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Let us honor if we can the vertical man, though we value none but the horizontal one.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We are lived by powers we pretend to understand.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire; Still waters run deep, my dear, there’s never smoke without fire.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Fate succumbs many a species: one alone jeopardises itself.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Now is the age of anxiety.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance ’till you drop.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Let all your thinks be thanks.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “You shall love your crooked neighbour, with your crooked heart.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To be free is often to be lonely.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Private faces in public places Are wiser and nicer Than public faces in private places.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Time will say nothing but I told you so, Time only knows the price we have to pay; If I could tell you I would let you know.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Water is the soul of the Earth.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “In headaches and in worry Vaguely life leaks away, And Time will have his fancy To-morrow or today.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “You owe it to all of us all get on with what you’re good at.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Let me see what I wrote so I know what I think.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Man is a history-making creature, who can neither repeat his past, nor leave it behind.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “I’ll love you till the ocean Is folded and hung up to dry And the seven stars go squawking Like geese about the sky.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The slogan of Hell: Eat or be eaten. The slogan of Heaven: Eat and be eaten.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “But once in a while the odd thing happens Once in a while the dream comes true And the whole pattern of life is altered Once in a while, the moon turns blue.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poet, qua poet, has only one political duty, namely, in his own writing to set an example of the correct use of his mother tongue, which is always being corrupted. When words lose their meaning, physical force takes over.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “God may reduce you on Judgment Day to tears of shame, reciting by heart the poems you would have written, had your life been good.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Now the leaves are falling fast, Nurse’s flowers will not last, Nurses to their graves are gone, But the prams go rolling on.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Blessed be all metrical rules that forbid automatic responses, force us to have second thoughts, free us from the fetters of Self.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “In the deserts of the heart Let the healing fountain start.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.”
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