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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pleasure is by no means an infallible critical guide, but it is the least fallible.
What the mass media offer is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
Poetry makes nothing happen: it survives In the valley of its saying.
Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
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