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
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet...
What people don't realize is that intimacy has its conventions as well as ordinary social...
I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-Second Street Uncertain and afraid As the...
Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual...
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it...
Men will pay large sums to whores for telling them they are not bores.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to...
When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who...
A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
Healing, Papa would tell me, is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing...
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money,...
Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread...
Therefore I summon age To grant youth's heritage.