Quotes by W. H. Auden

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
– W. H. Auden
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
– W. H. Auden
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
– W. H. Auden
God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.
– W. H. Auden
Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say: Sanctity is the state about which theology has nothing to say.
– W. H. Auden
I don't get acting jobs because of my looks.
– W. H. Auden
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.
– W. H. Auden
If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.
– W. H. Auden
In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.
– W. H. Auden
In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.
– W. H. Auden
It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.
– W. H. Auden
It is... axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.
– W. H. Auden
It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
– W. H. Auden
It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.
– W. H. Auden
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.
– W. H. Auden
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?
– W. H. Auden
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.
– W. H. Auden
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
– W. H. Auden
Music can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.
– W. H. Auden
Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
– W. H. Auden