Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.
Quote by W H Auden
The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as...
Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is...
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most...
Music can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.
In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it...
Even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot...
All that we are not stares back at what we are.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among...
Now is the age of anxiety.
Let us honor if we can the vertical man, though we value none but the...
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences...
Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet...
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho...