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Top 350 W.H. Auden Quotes (2023 Update)
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W.H. Auden Quote: “Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A dead man who never caused others to die seldom rates a statue.”
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: “The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A shilling life will give you all the facts.”
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: “As a rule, it was the pleasure-haters who became unjust.”
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: “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: “Music is the best means we have of digesting time.”
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: “As a poet, there is only one political duty, and that is to defend one’s language from corruption.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Human language is mythological and metaphorical by nature.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Get up very early and get going at once. In fact, work first and wash afterwards.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There is a great deal of difference in believing something still, and believing it again.”
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: “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: “For love: a poet. For romance: a journalist.”
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 choose what is difficult all one’s days, as if it were easy, that is faith.”
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: “Clear, unscaleable ahead, Rise the mountains of instead From whose cold, cascading streams None may drink except in dreams.”
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: “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: “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: “To discover how to be human now is the reason we follow this star.”
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: “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: “Dance, dance, dance till you drop.”
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: “The friends who met here and embraced are gone, Each to his own mistake;.”
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: “The lights must never go out, The music must always play.”
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: “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: “Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dingle.”
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: “The camera may do justice to laughter, but must degrade sorrow.”
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: “Every high C accurately struck demolishes the theory that we are the irresponsible puppets of fate or chance.”
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.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The world needs a wash and a week’s rest.”
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.”
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