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W. H. Auden Quotes

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W. H. Auden quotes

Art is born of humiliation.

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.

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.

God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.

Learn from your dreams what you lack.

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.

If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.

All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.

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.

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.

If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.

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.

To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?

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.