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W.H. Auden Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Small tyrants, threatened by big, sincerely believethey love liberty."

Small tyrants, threatened by big, sincerely believethey love liberty.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "And maps can really point to placesWhere life is evil now:Nanking. Dachau."

And maps can really point to placesWhere life is evil now:Nanking. Dachau.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Cathedrals Luxury liners laden with souls Holding to the east their hulls of stone."

Cathedrals Luxury liners laden with souls Holding to the east their hulls of stone.




W.H. Auden Quotes: "All I have is a voice."

All I have is a voice.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable."

The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "We must love one another or die"

We must love one another or die




W.H. Auden Quotes: "Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self."

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "'Healing, ' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'"

'Healing, ' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'



W.H. Auden Quotes: "In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one."

In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.



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

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 Quotes: "Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession."

Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.




W.H. Auden Quotes: "We are all here on earth to help others what on earth the others are here for I don't know."

We are all here on earth to help others what on earth the others are here for I don't know.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "When someone between twenty and forty says, apropos of a work of art, 'I know what I like, ' he is really saying 'I have no taste of my own but accept the taste of my cultural milieu."

When someone between twenty and forty says, apropos of a work of art, 'I know what I like, ' he is really saying 'I have no taste of my own but accept the taste of my cultural milieu.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in."

The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The identification of fantasy is always an attempt to avoid one's own suffering: the identification of art is the sharing in the suffering of another."

The identification of fantasy is always an attempt to avoid one's own suffering: the identification of art is the sharing in the suffering of another.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me."

If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "We would rather be ruined than changedWe would rather die in our dreadThan climb the cross of the momentAnd let our illusions die."

We would rather be ruined than changedWe would rather die in our dreadThan climb the cross of the momentAnd let our illusions die.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too intense."

Truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too intense.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The relation of faith between subject and object is unique in every case. Hundreds may believe but each has to believe by himself."

The relation of faith between subject and object is unique in every case. Hundreds may believe but each has to believe by himself.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag."

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "To save your world, you asked this man to die:Would this man, could he see you now, asked why?"

To save your world, you asked this man to die:Would this man, could he see you now, asked why?



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The basic stimulus to the intelligence is doubt, a feeling that the meaning of an experience is not self-evident."

The basic stimulus to the intelligence is doubt, a feeling that the meaning of an experience is not self-evident.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The enlightenment driven away, The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief:We must suffer them all again."

The enlightenment driven away, The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief:We must suffer them all again.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me."

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



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The ear tends to be lazy craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected the eye on the other hand tends to be impatient craves the novel and is bored by repetition."

The ear tends to be lazy craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected the eye on the other hand tends to be impatient craves the novel and is bored by repetition.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "In most poetic expressions of patriotism, it is impossible to distinguish what is one of the greatest human virtues from the worst human vice, collective egotism."

In most poetic expressions of patriotism, it is impossible to distinguish what is one of the greatest human virtues from the worst human vice, collective egotism.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible."

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "What the mass media offer is not popular art but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food forgotten and replaced by a new dish."

What the mass media offer is not popular art but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food forgotten and replaced by a new dish.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith."

Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "I write because I love to play with language."

I write because I love to play with language.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation a mental or physical barter to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods."

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation a mental or physical barter to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Now is the age of anxiety."

Now is the age of anxiety.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Let us humour if we can The vertical man Though we value none But the horizontal one."

Let us humour if we can The vertical man Though we value none But the horizontal one.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Choice of attention ... is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences whatever they may be."

Choice of attention ... is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences whatever they may be.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "no poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it."

no poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "When words lose their meaning, physical force takes over."

When words lose their meaning, physical force takes over.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The element of craftsmanship in poetry is obscured by the fact that all men are taught to speak and most to read and write, while very few men are taught to draw or paint or write music."

The element of craftsmanship in poetry is obscured by the fact that all men are taught to speak and most to read and write, while very few men are taught to draw or paint or write music.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The slogan of Hell: Eat or be eaten. The slogan of Heaven: Eat and be eaten."

The slogan of Hell: Eat or be eaten. The slogan of Heaven: Eat and be eaten.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "All who live possess eternal life, and few would trade it for an immortal body, if they truly understood what it is to be alive."

All who live possess eternal life, and few would trade it for an immortal body, if they truly understood what it is to be alive.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "When we do evil We and our victims Are equally bewildered."

When we do evil We and our victims Are equally bewildered.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "About suffering they were never wrong The Old Masters How well they understood Its human position how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along."

About suffering they were never wrong The Old Masters How well they understood Its human position how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Choice of attention to pay attention to this and ignore that is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer."

Choice of attention to pay attention to this and ignore that is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "We are all here on earth to help others what on earth the others are here for I don't know."

We are all here on earth to help others what on earth the others are here for I don't know.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about."

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us."

Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "In the prison of his daysTeach the free man how to praise"

In the prison of his daysTeach the free man how to praise



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Those secrets residing in their hearts and minds held magnificent Energy. Humans were too inept to see it as anything but evil."

Those secrets residing in their hearts and minds held magnificent Energy. Humans were too inept to see it as anything but evil.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered."

Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered.