Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

W. H. Auden

We would rather be ruined than changed, We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die.
— W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden

In those whom I like, I can find no common denominator; in those whom I love I can they all make me laugh.

W. H. Auden

What the mass media offer is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.

W. H. Auden

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
– W.H. Auden

W. H. Auden

We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don’t know.

W. H. Auden

Definition of a College professor: someone who talks in other people’s sleep.
— W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden

And none will hear the postman’s knock Without a quickening of the heart. For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
– W.H. Auden

W. H. Auden

Earth, receive an honored guest; William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry.
– W.H. Auden

W. H. Auden

A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets.

W. H. Auden

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.

W. H. Auden

The word ‘Intellectual’ suggests straight away. A man who’s untrue to his wife.

W. H. Auden

Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.

W. H. Auden

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.

W. H. Auden

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