Famous Quotes by Anglo-American Poet W. H. Auden

Collection of famous quotes by American poet W. H. Auden.

Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet. Auden’s poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form, and content. 

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Best Quotes by W. H. Auden

Now is the age of anxiety.

— W. H. Auden

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

— W. H. Auden

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

— W. H. Auden

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

Art is born of humiliation.

— W. H. Auden

A verbal art like poetry is reflective it stops to think. Music is immediate it goes on to become.

— W. H. Auden

It’s a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

— W. H. Auden

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.

— W. H. Auden

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.

— W. H. Auden

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.

— W. H. Auden

The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.

— W. H. Auden

Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.

— W. H. Auden

Learn from your dreams what you lack.

— W. H. Auden

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.

— W. H. Auden

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

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.

— W. H. Auden

Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.

— W. H. Auden

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

— W. H. Auden

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.

— W. H. Auden

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

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

A poet is before anything else a person who is passionately in love with language.

— W. H. Auden

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

— W. H. Auden

It’s a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

— W. H. Auden

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

— W. H. Auden

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.

— W. H. Auden

Music can be made anywhere is invisible and does not smell.

— W. H. Auden

A verbal art like poetry is reflective it stops to think. Music is immediate it goes on to become.

— W. H. Auden

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

— W. H. Auden

A poet is before anything else a person who is passionately in love with language.

— W. H. Auden

A verbal art like poetry is reflective it stops to think. Music is immediate it goes on to become.

— W. H. Auden

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.

— W. H. Auden

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

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

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

— W. H. Auden

It’s a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

— W. H. Auden

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.

— W. H. Auden

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

— W. H. Auden

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.

— W. H. Auden

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

— W. H. Auden

Of all possible subjects travel is the most difficult for an artist as it is the easiest for a journalist.

— W. H. Auden

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

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