W. H. Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 - 29 September 1973) was an English poet who spent many years in America.
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A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.

W. H. Auden

Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.

W. H. Auden

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

W. H. Auden

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

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.

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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

Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were.

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Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say: Sanctity is the state about which theology has nothing to say.

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It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.

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No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.

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One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.

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Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.

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No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

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''Healing,'' Papa would tell me, ''is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.''

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All that we are not stares back at what we are.

W. H. Auden

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

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

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Evil is unspectacular and always human, And shares our bed and eats at our own table.

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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.

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I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.

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

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Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one.

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I don't get acting jobs because of my looks.

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A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

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