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W. H. Auden Quotes
Brief author info: W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born American poet and playwright.
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We are on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
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.
Pleasure is by no means an infallible critical guide, but it is the least fallible.
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.
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
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.
Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
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