W.H. Auden

1907 - 1973

A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on evil and learning

What all schoolchildren learn: those to whom evil is done do evil in return.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on books

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on admiration, laughter, and love

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: The Dyer’s Hand, 1962. from Mark and Barbara Hall Collection

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on impatience and paradise

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on commitment, science, and world

Thou shalt not answer questionnaires Or quizzes upon world affairs, Nor with compliance Take any test. Thou shalt not sit with statisticians nor commit A social science.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: "Under which lyre" in Collected Poems of W H Auden, London: Faber and Faber.

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on love, rest, songs, and thought

He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on history and past

Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on happiness, judgment, and reputation

How happy the lot of the mathematician. He is judged solely by his peers, and the standard is so high that no colleague or rival can ever win a reputation he does not deserve.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: The Dyer's Hand, London: Faber & Faber, 1948.

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on earth and good

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We are here on Earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I do not know.

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on poetry

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Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: see Sheppard

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