W H Auden Quotes

No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him. W H Auden

To the man-in-the-street, who, I’m sorry to say
Is a keen observer of life,
The word intellectual suggests straight away
A man who’s untrue to his wife.
W H Auden

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing-room full of dukes. W H Auden

A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep. W H Auden

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 are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don’t know. W H Auden

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. W H Auden

All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation. W H Auden

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

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self. W. H. Auden

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

Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession. W H Auden

The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears. W H Auden

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. W H Auden

A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish. W H Auden

Sexual fidelity is more important in a homosexual relationship than in any other. In other relationships there are a variety of ties. But here, fidelity is the only bond. W H Auden

You will be a poet because you will always be humiliated. W H Auden

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about. W H Auden

Thou shalt not sit
With statisticians nor commit
A social science.
W H Auden