W.H. Auden

1907 - 1973

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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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 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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