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W.H. Auden Quotes: "Water is the soul of the Earth."

Water is the soul of the Earth.




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: "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die."

We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained."

Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.




W.H. Auden Quotes: "Herds of reindeer move across Miles and miles of golden moss"

Herds of reindeer move across Miles and miles of golden moss



W.H. Auden Quotes: "All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation."

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



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: "Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate."

Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate.



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: "Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance 'till you drop."

Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance 'till you drop.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind."

The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears."

The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.




W.H. Auden Quotes: "My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth."

My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them - the one, in fact, which is not a mask."

Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them - the one, in fact, which is not a mask.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true."

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 Quotes: "Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading."

Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry."

Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Now the leaves are falling fast, Nurse's flowers will not last; Nurses to their graves are gone, And the prams go rolling on."

Now the leaves are falling fast, Nurse's flowers will not last; Nurses to their graves are gone, And the prams go rolling on.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb."

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 Quotes: "There's always another story. There's more than meets the eye."

There's always another story. There's more than meets the eye.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "The most important truths are likely to be those which society at that time least wants to hear."

The most important truths are likely to be those which society at that time least wants to hear.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Music is the best means we have of digesting time."

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him."

No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep."

A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "You shall love your crooked neighbour, with your crooked heart."

You shall love your crooked neighbour, with your crooked heart.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say"

Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Swans in the winter air A white perfection have"

Swans in the winter air A white perfection have



W.H. Auden Quotes: "I'll love you till the ocean Is folded and hung up to dry And the seven stars go squawking Like geese about the sky."

I'll love you till the ocean Is folded and hung up to dry And the seven stars go squawking Like geese about the sky.



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

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



W.H. Auden Quotes: "History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology."

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Nobody is ever sent to Hell: he or she insists on going there."

Nobody is ever sent to Hell: he or she insists on going there.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason."

Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were."

Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "And none will hear the postman’s knock Without a quickening of the heart. For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"

And none will hear the postman’s knock Without a quickening of the heart. For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?



W.H. Auden Quotes: "No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games."

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality."

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



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: "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."

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 Quotes: "One rational voice is dumb: over a grave The household of Impulse mourns one dearly loved. Sad is Eros, builder of cities, And weeping anarchic Aphrodite."

One rational voice is dumb: over a grave The household of Impulse mourns one dearly loved. Sad is Eros, builder of cities, And weeping anarchic Aphrodite.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "A person incapable of imaging another world than given to him by his senses would be subhuman, and a person who identifies his imaginary world with the world of sensory fact has become insane."

A person incapable of imaging another world than given to him by his senses would be subhuman, and a person who identifies his imaginary world with the world of sensory fact has become insane.



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: "You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people."

You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "We do not change as we grow up. The difference between the child and the adult is that the former doesn't know who he is and the latter does."

We do not change as we grow up. The difference between the child and the adult is that the former doesn't know who he is and the latter does.



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

All I have is a voice.



W.H. Auden Quotes: "You owe it to all of us all get on with what you're good at."

You owe it to all of us all get on with what you're good at.



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

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 Quotes: "Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings."

Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.