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.
Quote by W H Auden
W H Auden Quotes
The word 'Intellectual' suggests straight away - A man who's untrue to his wife
Art is born of humiliation.
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.
One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.
Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of...
Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.
We are not commanded (or forbidden) to love our mates, our children, our friends, our...
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who...
All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most...
Healing, Papa would tell me, is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing...
Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say
What people don't realize is that intimacy has its conventions as well as ordinary social...
History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology...
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has...
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to...
When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate...