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W.H. Auden Quote: “Detective stories have nothing to do with works of art.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We were put on this earth to make things.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Lust is less a physical need than a way of forgetting time and death.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “If it form the one landscape that we the inconstant ones Are consistently homesick for, this is chiefly Because it dissolves in water.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “How happy the lot of the mathematician. He is judged solely by his peers, and the standard is so high that no colleague or rival can ever win a reputation he does not deserve.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All I have is a voice.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Money is the necessity that frees us from necessity. Of all novelists in any country, Trollope best understands the role of money. Compared with him even Balzac is a romantic.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “We cannot be deaf to the question: ‘Do I love this world so well that I have to know how it ends?”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Lay your sleeping head, my love, Human on my faithless arm;.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poor American feels guilty at being poor, but less guilty than an American rentier who has inherited wealth but is doing nothingto increase it; what can the latter do but take to drink and psychoanalysis?”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A vice in common can be the ground of a friendship but not a virtue in common. X and Y may be friends because they are both drunkards or womanizers but, if they are both sober and chaste, they are friends for some other reason.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can’t think of anything else to do.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Sexual fidelity is more important in a homosexual relationship than in any other. In other relationships there are a variety of ties. But here, fidelity is the only bond.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Marriage is rarely bliss But, surely it would be worse As particles to pelt At thousands of miles per sec About a universe In which a lover’s kiss Would either not be felt Or break the loved one’s neck.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “I see little hope for a peaceful world until men are excluded from the realm of foreign policy altogether and all decisions concerning international relations are reserved for women, preferably married ones.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Sincerity is technique.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Pleasure is by no means an infallible critical guide, but it is the least fallible.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The definition of prayer is paying careful and concentrated attention to something other than your own constructions.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Cats can be very funny, and have the oddest ways of showing they’re glad to see you...”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The law cannot forgive, for the law has not been wronged, only broken; only persons can be wronged. The law can pardon, but it can only pardon what it has the power to punish.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Political history is far too criminal to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villians from fiction.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Recipe for the upbringing of a poet: ‘As much neurosis as the child can bear.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Learn from your dreams what you lack.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “You know there are no secrets in America. It’s quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “There was still gold and silver in the mountains, And hunger was a more immediate sorrow.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A god who is both self-sufficient and content to remain so could not interest us enough to raise the question of his existence.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “By mourning tongues The death of the poet was kept from his poems.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The wolves will get you if the moths won’t.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Aside from purely technical analysis, nothing can be said about music, except when it is bad; when it is good, one can only listen and be grateful.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poet feels the impulse to create a work of art when the passive awe provoked by an event is transformed into a desire to express that awe in a rite of worship.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All poets adore explosions, thunderstorms, tornadoes, conflagrations, ruins, scenes of spectacular carnage. The poetic imagination is therefore not at all a desirable quality in a chief of state.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “All good art is in the nature of a letter written to amuse a sick friend. Too much art, particularly in our time, is only a letter written to oneself.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “No being can make another one happy.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet once in a bar very late at night, but do not enter into relations. But not for the novel.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “I used to try and concentrate the poem so much that there wasn’t a word that wasn’t essential. This leads to becoming boring and constipated.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “A poem is a verbal artifact which must be as skillfully and solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “The chances are that, in the course of his lifetime, the major poet will write more bad poems than the minor, simply because major poets write a lot.”
W.H. Auden Quote: “Thoughts on his own death, like the distant roll of thunder at a picnic.”
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