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W. H. Auden
February 21, 1907 - September 29, 1973
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

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


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


Sob, heavy world Sob as you spin, Mantled in mist Remote from the happy.


Music is the best means we have of digesting time.


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


Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.


Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.


The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.


It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.


Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet once in a bar very late at night, but do not enter into relations. But not for the novel.


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.


Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another.


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


All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.

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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.


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


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