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.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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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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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on direction, good, and talent

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

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on belief, life, poets, and wishes

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on earth, emptiness, guests, lies, poetry, and rest

Earth, receive an honored guest; William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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