75 Total Quotes

H. Auden Quotes

H. Auden
In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.
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#Dissatisfaction

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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.
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#English Poet

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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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#Dreams

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

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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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#Addiction

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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
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#Ask

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Private faces in public places / Are wiser and nicer / Than public faces in private places.
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#Faces

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Our researchers into Public Opinion are content/ That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;/ When there was peace, he was for peace; when there was war, he went.
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#Opinions

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One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
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#Books And Reading

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

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To ask the hard question is simple
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#Ask

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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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#English Poet #Art

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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.
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#English Poet #Valentine's Day #Africa

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If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me
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#Affection

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

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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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#Action #English Poet

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A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep
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#Funny #Quote of the Day #Editor's Pick

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For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
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#English Poet

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Harrow the house of the dead; look shining at / New styles of architecture, a change of heart.
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#Architecture

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Healing,'' Papa would tell me, ''is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'
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#Art

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Only those in the last stage of disease could believe that children are true judges of character.
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#Character

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A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
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#Work #America