W. H. Auden Quotes

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W. H. Auden quotes: The identification of fantasy is always an attempt to avoid one's own suffering: the identification of art is the sharing in the suffering of another. The identification of fantasy is always an attempt to avoid one's own suffering: the identification of art is the sharing in the suffering of another.
W. H. Auden quotes: All we are not stares back at what we are. All we are not stares back at what we are.
W. H. Auden quotes: The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind. The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.
W. H. Auden quotes: Oh dear white children, casual as birds,Playing among the ruined languages,So small beside their large confusing words. Oh dear white children, casual as birds,
Playing among the ruined languages,
So small beside their large confusing words.
W. H. Auden quotes: The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day. The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day.
W. H. Auden quotes: Human beings are, necessarily, actors who ... can be divided ... into the sane who know they are acting and the mad who do not. Human beings are, necessarily, actors who ... can be divided ... into the sane who know they are acting and the mad who do not.
W. H. Auden quotes: A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become. A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
W. H. Auden quotes: Thoughts on his own death, like the distant roll of thunder at a picnic. Thoughts on his own death, like the distant roll of thunder at a picnic.
W. H. Auden quotes: The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in. The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.
W. H. Auden quotes: Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before. Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.
W. H. Auden quotes: I will love you forever" swears the poet. I find this easy to swear too. "I will love you at 4:15 pm next Tuesday" - Is that still as easy? I will love you forever" swears the poet. I find this easy to swear too. "I will love you at 4:15 pm next Tuesday" - Is that still as easy?
W. H. Auden quotes: Thank God for books as an alternative to conversation. Thank God for books as an alternative to conversation.
W. H. Auden quotes: Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate. Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate.
W. H. Auden quotes: Most people enjoy the sight of their own handwriting as they enjoy the smell of their own farts. Most people enjoy the sight of their own handwriting as they enjoy the smell of their own farts.
W. H. Auden quotes: Without art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without science, we should always worship false gods. Without art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without science, we should always worship false gods.
W. H. Auden quotes: Lust is less a physical need than a way of forgetting time and death. Lust is less a physical need than a way of forgetting time and death.
W. H. Auden quotes: Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books. Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.
W. H. Auden quotes: no poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it. no poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.
W. H. Auden quotes: Words have no word for words that are not true. Words have no word for words that are not true.
W. H. Auden quotes: Oh, how I wish that Orwell were still alive, so that I could read his comments on contemporary events! Oh, how I wish that Orwell were still alive, so that I could read his comments on contemporary events!
W. H. Auden quotes: Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say. Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.
W. H. Auden quotes: It's usually the stupid people that develop long illnesses. You need more than indolence and selfishness, you need endurance to make a good patient. It's usually the stupid people that develop long illnesses. You need more than indolence and selfishness, you need endurance to make a good patient.
W. H. Auden quotes: 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. 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 quotes: A poem is a verbal artifact which must be as skillfullyand solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle. A poem is a verbal artifact which must be as skillfully
and solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle.
W. H. Auden quotes: Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason. Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.
W. H. Auden quotes: A writer is a maker, not a man of action: his private life is of no concern to anybody but himself, his family and his friends. A writer is a maker, not a man of action: his private life is of no concern to anybody but himself, his family and his friends.
W. H. Auden quotes: If it form the one landscape that we the inconstant onesAre consistently homesick for, this is chieflyBecause it dissolves in water. 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 quotes: Swans in the winter airA white perfection have Swans in the winter air
A white perfection have
W. H. Auden quotes: History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology. History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
W. H. Auden quotes: If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me. If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.
W. H. Auden quotes: 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. 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 quotes: God may reduce you on Judgment Day to tears of shame, reciting by heart the poems you would have written, had your life been good. God may reduce you on Judgment Day to tears of shame, reciting by heart the poems you would have written, had your life been good.
W. H. Auden quotes: In a game, just losing is almost as satisfying as just winning ... In life the loser's score is always zero. In a game, just losing is almost as satisfying as just winning ... In life the loser's score is always zero.
W. H. Auden quotes: Clear, unscaleable ahead, Rise the mountains of instead From whose cold, cascading streams None may drink except in dreams Clear, unscaleable ahead, Rise the mountains of instead From whose cold, cascading streams None may drink except in dreams
W. H. Auden quotes: Behind you swiftly the figure comes softly,The spot on your skin is a shocking disease. Behind you swiftly the figure comes softly,
The spot on your skin is a shocking disease.
W. H. Auden quotes: Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud. Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
W. H. Auden quotes: The friends who met here and embraced are gone, Each to his own mistake; The friends who met here and embraced are gone, Each to his own mistake;
W. H. Auden quotes: Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation. Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation.
W. H. Auden quotes: The eye likes novelty, but the ear craves familiarity. The eye likes novelty, but the ear craves familiarity.
W. H. Auden quotes: Cathedrals, luxury liners laden with souls, Holding to the east their hulls of stone. Cathedrals, luxury liners laden with souls, Holding to the east their hulls of stone.
W. H. Auden quotes: Time will say nothing but I told you so ... Time will say nothing but I told you so ...
W. H. Auden quotes: 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. 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 quotes: To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety. To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety.
W. H. Auden quotes: Of course,Behaviourism 'works'. So does torture. Of course,Behaviourism 'works'. So does torture.
W. H. Auden quotes: A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime. A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
W. H. Auden quotes: Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow. Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.
W. H. Auden quotes: The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable. The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.
W. H. Auden quotes: Now the leaves are falling fast, Nurse's flowers will not last, Nurses to their graves are gone, But the prams go rolling on. Now the leaves are falling fast, Nurse's flowers will not last, Nurses to their graves are gone, But the prams go rolling on.
W. H. Auden quotes: All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation. All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
W. H. Auden quotes: O let not Time deceive you,You cannot conquer Time. O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.
W. H. Auden quotes: 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 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 quotes: There is a great deal of difference in believing something still, and believing it again. There is a great deal of difference in believing something still, and believing it again.
W. H. Auden quotes: See without looking, hear without listening, breathe without asking. See without looking, hear without listening, breathe without asking.
W. H. Auden quotes: There are bills to be paid, machines to keep in repair,Irregular verbs to learn, the Time Being to redeemFrom insignificance. 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 quotes: We must love one another or die We must love one another or die
W. H. Auden quotes: I write because I love to play with language. I write because I love to play with language.
W. H. Auden quotes: The older lives like not to be stood in rows or at right angles. The older lives like not to be stood in rows or at right angles.
W. H. Auden quotes: To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why? To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
W. H. Auden quotes: When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes. When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
W. H. Auden quotes: Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire; Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire. Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire; Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.
W. H. Auden quotes: If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away. If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.