W. H. Auden Quotes

W. H. Auden

US (English-born) critic & poet (1907 - 1973)

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All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.

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

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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.

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

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

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We must love one another or die.

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We must love one another and die.

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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.

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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

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One cannot review a bad book without showing off.

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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.

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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.

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Acts of injustice done
Between the setting and the rising sun
In history lie like bones, each one.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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False enchantment can last a lifetime.

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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.

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