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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.
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.
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.
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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