W.H. Auden

1907 - 1973

A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on absence and good

A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on genius

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Geniuses are the luckiest mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on addiction

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

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on hope and poets

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A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: Collected Poems

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on death and world

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

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on books

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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on wedding

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

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on fame

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Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on art, belief, good, ideas, simplicity, and work

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work "comes" to him.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on earth, inventions, and listening

Who on earth invented the silly convention that it is boring or impolite to talk shop? Nothing is more interesting to listen to, especially if the shop is not one's own.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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