A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
Quote by W H Auden
W H Auden Quotes
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most...
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as...
All that we are not stares back at what we are.
In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of...
Sob, heavy world Sob as you spin, Mantled in mist Remote from the happy.
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it...
The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have...
Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.
Art is born of humiliation.
All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
You must go to bed with friends or whores, where money makes up the difference...
Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual...
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession
Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate...
In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are...
If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons...
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.