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Quotes by W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden, Wystan Hugh Auden, born Feb. 21, 1907, York, Yorkshire, Eng., died Sept. 29, 1973, Vienna, Austria. English-born poet and man of letters who achieved early fame in the 1930s as a hero of the left during the Great Depression. Most of his verse dramas of this period were written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood. In 1939 Auden settled in the United States, becoming a U.S. citizen.

  • All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.
  • Cancer:
  • Nobody knows what the cause is,
    Though some pretend they do;
    It's like some hidden assassin
    Waiting to strike at you.
    Childless women get it,
    And men when they retire;
    It's as if there had to be some outlet
    For their foiled creative fire.

  • 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.
  • Every European visitor to the United States is struck by the comparative rarity of what he would call a face, by the frequency of men and women who look like elderly babies. If he stays in the States for any length of time, he will learn that this cannot be put down to a lack of sensibility- the American feels the joys and sufferings of human life as keenly as anybody else. The only plausible explanation I can find lies in his different attitude to the past. To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the past.
  • 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.
  • Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.
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