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Top 350 W.H. Auden Quotes (2023 Update)
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W.H. Auden Quote: “The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Time and fevers burn away Individual beauty from Thoughtful children, and the grave Proves the child ephemeral.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The stars are dead. The animals will not look: We are left alone with our day, and the time is short, and History to the defeated May say Alas but cannot help nor pardon.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Like love we don’t know where or why Like love we cant compel or fly Like Love we often weep Like Love we seldom keep.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Caesar’s double-bed is warm As an unimportant clerk Writes i do not like my work On a pink official form.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The nightingales are sobbing in The orchards of our mothers, And hearts that we broke long ago Have long been breaking others; Tears are round, the sea is deep: Roll them overboard and sleep.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Words are for those with promises to keep.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them – the one, in fact, which is not a mask.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Sob, heavy world Sob as you spin, Mantled in mist Remote from the happy.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.”
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: “If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I’d pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Cathedrals, luxury liners laden with souls, Holding to the east their hulls of stone.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Criticism should be a casual conversation.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To make one, there must be two.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?”
W.H. Auden Quote: “For the error bred in the bone of each woman and each man craves what it cannot have, not universal love but to be loved alone.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Without art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without science, we should always worship false gods.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poet’s hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “O let not Time deceive you, You cannot conquer Time.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All pity is self-pity.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A small grove massacred to the last ash, An oak with heart-rot, give away the show: This great society is going to smash; They cannot fool us with how fast they go, How much they cost each other and the gods. A culture is no better than its woods.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “I don’t think the mystical experience can be verbalized. When the ego disappears, so does power over language.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All the literati keep An imaginary friend.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “To ask the hard question is simple.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Nobody is ever sent to Hell: he or she insists on going there.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “If age, which is certainly Just as wicked as youth, look any wiser, It is only that youth is still able to believe It will get away with anything, while age Knows only too well that it has got away with nothing.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “And make us as Newton was, who in his garden watching The apple falling towards England, became aware Between himself and her of an eternal tie.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Money cannot buy the fuel of love but is excellent kindling.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Here am I, Here are you: but what does it mean? What are we going to do?”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Hunger allows no choice.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “In the end, art is small beer. The really serious things are earning one’s living so as not to be a parasite and loving one’s neighbor.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Nobody knows what the cause is, though some pretend they do; it like some hidden assassin waiting to strike at you. Childless women get it, and men when they retire; it as if there had to be some outlet for their foiled creative fire.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All that we are not stares back at what we are.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All time spent reading is time well-spent.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Thank God for books as an alternative to conversation.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Be subtle, various, ornamental, clever, And do not listen to those critics ever Whose crude provincial gullets crave in books Plain cooking made still plainer by plain cooks.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Few can remember clearly when innocence came to a sudden end, the moment at which we ask for the first time: Am I loved?”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Behind you swiftly the figure comes softly, The spot on your skin is a shocking disease.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he’ll escape.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The poet marries the language, and out of this marriage the poem is born.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Detective stories have nothing to do with works of art.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The basic stimulus to the intelligence is doubt, a feeling that the meaning of an experience is not self-evident.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We were put on this earth to make things.”
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