83 Total Quotes

Wystan+Hugh Auden Quotes

One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Hell

The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Children

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Fame

Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Evil

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.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Age And Aging

God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#America

The Americans are violently oral. That's why in America the mother is all-important and the father has no position at all -- isn't respected in the least. Even the American passion for laxatives can be explained as an oral manifestation. They want to get rid of any unpleasantness taken in through the mouth.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#America

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Autobiography

Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Behavior

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Books And Reading

Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Confession

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.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#English Poet #Creativity

Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Critics And Criticism

The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Critics And Criticism

The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Death

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Games

America has always been a country of amateurs where the professional, that is to say, the man who claims authority as a member of an Tlite which knows the law in some field or other, is an object of distrust and resentment.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Experts

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Eyes

My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Faces

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

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Quote of the Day #Friends Or Friendship

''God is Love,'' we are taught as children to believe. But when we first begin to get some inkling of how He loves us, we are repelled; it seems so cold, indeed, not love at all as we understand the word.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#God

To the man-in-the-street, who, I'm sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. The word ''Intellectual'' suggests straight away. A man who's untrue to his wife.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Intelligence And Intellectuals

What people don't realize is that intimacy has its conventions as well as ordinary social intercourse. There are three cardinal rules -- don't take somebody else's boyfriend unless you've been specifically invited to do so, don't take a drink without being asked, and keep a scrupulous accounting in financial matters.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Intimacy

If the most significant characteristic of man is the complex of biological needs he shares with all members of his species, then the best lives for the writer to observe are those in which the role of natural necessity is clearest, namely, the lives of the very poor.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Literature

A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
Wystan Hugh Auden
#Love #Sad Love #Sad Break Up Love