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Top 350 W.H. Auden Quotes (2023 Update)
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W.H. Auden Quote: “In life the loser’s score is always zero.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; How well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Does God judge us by appearances? I Suspect that He does.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Look if you like, but you will have to leap.”
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: “Lost in a haunted wood, Children afraid of the night Who have never been happy or good.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “If we really want to live, we’d better start at once to try.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Life is a picnic on a precipice.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “August for the people and their favourite islands. Daily the steamers sidle up to meet The effusive welcome of the pier.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Harrow the house of the dead; look shining at New styles of architecture, a change of heart.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “And none will hear the postman’s knock Without a quickening of the heart. For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?”
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: “We who must die demand a miracle. How could the Eternal do a temporal act, The Infinite become a finite fact? Nothing can save us that is possible: We who must die demand a miracle.”
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: “Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Goodness is easier to recognize than to define.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Encased in talent like a uniform, The rank of every poet is well known; They can amaze us like a thunderstorm, Or die so young, or live for years alone.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There are bills to be paid, machines to keep in repair, Irregular verbs to learn, the Time Being to redeem From insignificance.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Words have no word for words that are not true.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Intellectual disgrace Stares from every human face, And the seas of pity lie Locked and frozen in each eye.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The most important truths are likely to be those which society at that time least wants to hear.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Poetry makes nothing happen.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There must always be two kinds of art: escape-art, for man needs escape as he needs food and deep sleep, and parable-art, that art which shall teach man to unlearn hatred and learn love.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Far from his illness The wolves ran on through the evergreen forests, The peasant river was untempted by the fashionable quays; By mourning tongues The death of the poet was kept from his poems.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Earth, receive an honored guest; William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We do not change as we grow up. The difference between the child and the adult is that the former doesn’t know who he is and the latter does.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Swans in the winter air A white perfection have.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The glacier knocks in the cupboard, The desert sighs in the bed, And the crack in the teacup opens A lane to the land of the dead.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “See without looking, hear without listening, breathe without asking.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Though one cannot always Remember exactly why one has been happy, There is no forgetting that one was.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Shall memory restore The steps and the shore, The face and the meeting place;.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There is no love; There are only the various envies, all of them sad.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Out on the lawn I lie in bed, Vega conspicuous overhead.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “One rational voice is dumb: over a grave The household of Impulse mourns one dearly loved. Sad is Eros, builder of cities, And weeping anarchic Aphrodite.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “O plunge your hands in water, Plunge them in up to the wrist; Stare, stare in the basin And wonder what you’ve missed.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Without communication with the dead, a fully human life is not possible.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety.”
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