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W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden
(1907 - 1973)
English Poet and Writer.
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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
- W. H. Auden | Books and Reading Quotes
Let us humour if we can The vertical man Though we value none But the horizontal one.
- W. H. Auden | Civilization Quotes
What the mass media offer is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
- W. H. Auden | Genius Quotes
We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.
It is nonsense to speak of 'higher' and 'lower' pleasures. To a hungry man it is, rightly, more important that he eat than that he philosophize.
- W. H. Auden | Happiness Quotes
Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.
Almost all of our relationships begin, and most of them continue, as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.
- W. H. Auden | Human Relations Quotes
Any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting and significant than any romance, however passionate.
- W. H. Auden | Marriage Quotes
My poetry doesn't change from place to place - it changes with the years. It's very important to be one's age. You get ideas you have to turn down - 'I'm sorry, no longer'; 'I'm sorry, not yet.'
- W. H. Auden | Maturity Quotes
The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
- W. H. Auden | Observation Quotes
Nobody can honestly think of himself as a strong character because, however successful he may be in overcoming them, he is necessarily aware of the doubts and temptations that accompany every important choice.
About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; How well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along.
- W. H. Auden | Sorrow Quotes
When we do evil, We and our victims Are equally bewildered.
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 practising it.
To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety.
- W. H. Auden | Happiness Quotes
The relation of faith between subject and object is unique in every case. Hundreds may believe, but each has to believe by himself.
- W. H. Auden | Faith and Unity Quotes
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.
- W. H. Auden | Self-Reliance Quotes
Choice of attention ... 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 | Decisions Quotes
If we really want to live, we'd better start at once to try.
- W. H. Auden | Getting Going Quotes
Choice of attention, to pay attention to this and ignore that, is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer.
- W. H. Auden | Concentration Quotes
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
- W. H. Auden | Life Quotes
Cathedrals, Luxury liners laden with souls, Holding to the east their hulls of stone.
- W. H. Auden | Church Quotes


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