Quotation Explorer - 'W. H. Auden'

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. - W. H. Auden
Accurate scholarship can unearth the whole offence from luther untill noe that has driven a culture mad. From what occured at linz what huge imago made a psychopathic god. i and the public know what all schoolchildren learn those to whom evil is done do evil in return. - W. H. Auden
Evil is unspectacular and always human, And shares our bed and eats at our own table. - W. H. Auden
A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. - W. H. Auden
False enchantment can last a lifetime. - W. H. Auden
No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. - W. H. Auden
We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know. - W. H. Auden
One cannot review a bad book without showing off. - W. H. Auden
When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes. - W. H. Auden
Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one. - W. H. Auden
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. - W. H. Auden
For the others, like me, there is only the flashOf negative knowledge, the night when, drunk, oneStaggers to the bathroom and stares in the glassTo meet one’s madness - W. H. Auden
To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why? - W. H. Auden
A poet's hope: to be,like some valley cheese,local, but prized elsewhere. - W. H. Auden
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
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. - W. H. Auden
Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were. - W. H. Auden
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