W. H. Auden Quotes

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W. H. Auden Quotes

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.
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Sob, heavy world Sob as you spin, Mantled in mist Remote from the happy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Behind you swiftly the figure comes softly,
The spot on your skin is a shocking disease.

— W. H. Auden

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

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

A person incapable of imaging another world than given to him by his senses would be subhuman, and a person who identifies his imaginary world with the world of sensory fact has become insane.

— W. H. Auden

Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.

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Lovers have lived so long with giants and elves, they won't believe again in their own size.

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The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists

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No being can make another one happy.

— W. H. Auden

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