Wystan Hugh Auden Quotes

21 Wystan Hugh Auden quotes:

"Criticism should be a casual conversation."
"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."
"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."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice; if he lacks authority, they become slovenly, impertinent, drunk and dishonest."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Poet Quotes
"Left to itself the masculine imagination has very little appreciation for the here and now; it prefers to dwell on what is absent, on what has been or may be. If men are more punctual than women, it is because they know that, without the external discipline of clock time, they would never get anything done."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"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?"
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Faith Quotes
"When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Scientists Quotes
"We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Service Quotes
"It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Talent Quotes
"God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: America Quotes
"To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Prayer Quotes
"Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Fame Quotes
"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."
"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."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Poet Quotes
"see without looking, . . . hear without listening, . . . breathe without asking."
"All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Sin Quotes
"No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted."
"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."
"No good opera plot can be sensible:... people do not sing when they are feeling sensible."
Author: Auden Quotes Category: Music Quotes

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