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Top 350 W.H. Auden Quotes (2024 Update)
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W.H. Auden Quote: “The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Without communication with the dead, a fully human life is not possible.”
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: “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: “I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There are good books which are only for adults. There are no good books which are only for children.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Music is the best means we have of digesting time.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “As a rule, it was the pleasure-haters who became unjust.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All pity is self-pity.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All that we are not stares back at what we are.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself...”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Human language is mythological and metaphorical by nature.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “As a poet, there is only one political duty, and that is to defend one’s language from corruption.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Get up very early and get going at once. In fact, work first and wash afterwards.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We till shadowed days are done, We must weep and sing Duty’s conscious wrong, The Devil in the clock.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There is a great deal of difference in believing something still, and believing it again.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Machines are beneficial to the degree that they eliminate the need for labor, harmful to the degree that they eliminate the need for skill.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To the man-in-the-street, who, I’m sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. The word Intellectual suggests straight away. A man who’s untrue to his wife.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To choose what is difficult all one’s days, as if it were easy, that is faith.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The sky is darkening like a stain Something is going to fall like rain And it won’t be flowers.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Clear, unscaleable ahead, Rise the mountains of instead From whose cold, cascading streams None may drink except in dreams.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All the rest is silence On the other side of the wall, And the silence ripeness, And the ripeness all.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Dance, dance, dance till you drop.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To discover how to be human now is the reason we follow this star.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Into this neutral air Where blind skyscrapers use Their full height to proclaim The strength of Collective Man, Each language pours its vain Competitive excuse.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Thou shalt not answer questionnaires Or quizzes upon world affairs, Nor with compliance Take any test. Thou shalt not sit with statisticians nor commit A social science.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “With the farming of a verse Make a vineyard of the curse.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Behind the corpse in the reservoir, behind the ghost on the links, Behind the lady who dances and the man who madly drinks, Under the look of fatigue, the attack of migraine and the sigh There is always another story, there is more than meets the eye.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The lights must never go out, The music must always play.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dingle.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “It is axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time; conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.”
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