W.H. Auden

1907 - 1973

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 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)

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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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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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