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W. H. Auden Quotes

Poet
Born On
1907-02-21
Died On
1973-09-29
Birth Place
York
Death Place
Vienna
Birth Sign
pisces
Father
George Augustus Auden
Mother
Constance Rosalie Bicknell Auden
Spouse
Erika Mann
Nationality
British
Education
Christ Church, Oxford, Gresham's School, 1928 - University of Oxford
Writers, Poets

Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.

W. H. Auden

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.

W. H. Auden

All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.

W. H. Auden

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

W. H. Auden

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.

W. H. Auden

A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.

W. H. Auden

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.

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

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

W. H. Auden

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.

W. H. Auden

God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.

W. H. Auden

If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.

W. H. Auden

Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.

W. H. Auden

Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.

W. H. Auden

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.

W. H. Auden