Quotes By W.H. Auden

Truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too intense.

W.H. Auden

There must always be two kinds of art: escape-art, for man needs escape as he needs food and deep sleep, and parable-art, that art which shall teach man to unlearn hatred and learn love.

W.H. Auden

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

W.H. Auden

Poetry makes nothing happen.

W.H. Auden

We must love one another or die

W.H. Auden

The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews.

W.H. Auden

And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom.

W.H. Auden

You shall love your crooked neighbour, with your crooked heart.

W.H. Auden

A dead man who never caused others to die seldom rates a statue.

W.H. Auden

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

W.H. Auden

Say this city has ten million souls,Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:Yet there s no place for us, my dear, yet there s no place for us.

W.H. Auden

In the prison of his daysTeach the free man how to praise

W.H. Auden

The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.

W.H. Auden

The identification of fantasy is always an attempt to avoid one's own suffering: the identification of art is the sharing in the suffering of another.

W.H. Auden

I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen.

W.H. Auden

The enlightenment driven away,The habit-forming pain,Mismanagement and grief:We must suffer them all again.

W.H. Auden

Small tyrants, threatened by big,sincerely believethey love liberty.

W.H. Auden

In most poetic expressions of patriotism, it is impossible to distinguish what is one of the greatest human virtues from the worst human vice, collective egotism.

W.H. Auden

All we are not stares back at what we are.

W.H. Auden

I write because I love to play with language.

W.H. Auden

Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.

W.H. Auden

I will love you forever swears the poet. I find this easy to swear too. I will love you at 4:15 pm next Tuesday - Is that still as easy?

W.H. Auden

To save your world, you asked this man to die:Would this man, could he see you now, asked why?

W.H. Auden

We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and see our illusions die.

W.H. Auden

We are, for all our polish, of littlestature, and, as human lives,compared with authentic martyrs,of no account.

W.H. Auden

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