W.H. Auden

1907 - 1973

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 sleep

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A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on chance, fate, and theory

Every high C accurately struck demolishes the theory that we are the irresponsible puppets of fate or chance.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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