W.H. Auden

1907 - 1973

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 feeling, good, opera, and people

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on art, culture, facts, money, poets, and writing

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.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on acceptance, belief, poetry, and poets

I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a "suspension of belief." A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on art, life, neighbors, and seriousness

In the end, art is small beer. The really serious things are earning one's living so as not to be a parasite and loving one's neighbor.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on reason

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Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: 'Shorts'

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on books

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One cannot review a bad book without showing off.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden

. . . see without looking, . . . hear without seeing, . . . breathe without asking.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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