W. H. Auden Quotes
Brief author info: W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born American poet and playwright.
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We are on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
Pleasure is by no means an infallible critical guide, but it is the least fallible.
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.
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
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.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.
The relation of faith between subject and object is unique in every case. Hundreds may believe, but each has to believe by himself.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.
Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.