W.h. Auden Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old w.h. auden quotes, w.h. auden sayings, and w.h. auden proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

W.H. Auden

Water is the soul of the Earth.     

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

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

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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.     

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

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Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.     

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

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A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.     

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In general, when reading a scholarly critic, one profits more from his quotations than from his comments.     

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Most people enjoy the sight of their own handwriting as they enjoy the smell of their own farts.      

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The commonest ivory tower is that of the average man, the state of passivity towards experience.     

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

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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.     

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In the deserts of the heart / Let the healing fountain start / In the prison of his days / Teach the free man how to praise.     

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If you really want to live you'd better start at once to try. If you don't, it doesn't really matter but you'd better start to die.     

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

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Choice of attention — to pay attention to this and ignore that — 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.     

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Dear little not-so-innocents, beware of Old Grandmother Spider: rump her endearments – She’s not quite as nice as She looks, nor you quite as tough as you think.     

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May it not be that, just as we have to faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history og the human race so far, may it not be that 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?     

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My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain.     

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A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.     

W.H. Auden

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.     

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Happy Birthday, Johnny, / Live beyond your income, / Travel for enjoyment, / Follow your own nose.      

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Certainly our city — with the byres of poverty down to / The river's edge, the cathedral, the engines, the dogs; / Here is the cosmopolitan cooking / And the light allows and the glass. / Built by the conscious-stricken, the weapon-making. / By us.     

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To build the City where / The will of love is done / And brought to its full flower / The dignity of man.     

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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.     

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