W.h. Auden Quotes

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all-we-are-not-stares-back-at-what-we-are-wh-auden
you-shall-love-your-crooked-neighbour-with-your-crooked-heart-wh-auden
the-friends-who-met-here-embraced-are-gone-each-to-his-own-mistake-wh-auden
the-basic-stimulus-to-intelligence-is-doubt-feeling-that-meaning-experience-is-not-selfevident-wh-auden
poetry-might-be-defined-as-clear-expression-mixed-feelings-wh-auden
i-will-love-you-forever-swears-poet-i-find-this-easy-to-swear-too-i-will-love-you-at-415-pm-next-tuesday-is-that-still-as-easy-wh-auden
o-stand-stand-at-window-as-tears-scald-start-you-shall-love-your-crooked-neighbour-with-your-crooked-heart-wh-auden
and-each-in-cell-himself-is-almost-convinced-his-freedom-wh-auden
poetry-makes-nothing-happen-wh-auden
all-rest-is-silence-on-other-side-wall-and-silence-ripeness-and-ripeness-all-wh-auden
every-poet-has-his-dream-reader-mine-keeps-look-out-for-curious-prosodic-fauna-like-bacchics-choriambs-wh-auden
no-poet-can-know-what-his-poem-is-going-to-be-like-until-he-has-written-it-wh-auden
in-prison-his-days-teach-free-man-how-to-praise-wh-auden
hunger-allows-no-choice-to-citizen-police-we-must-love-one-another-die-wh-auden
soft-as-earth-is-mankind-both-need-to-be-altered-wh-auden
happy-hare-at-morning-for-she-cannot-read-the-hunters-waking-thoughts-wh-auden
every-autobiography-is-concerned-with-two-characters-don-quixote-ego-sancho-panza-self-wh-auden
A child's reading is guided by pleasure, but his pleasure is undifferentiated; he cannot distinguish, for example, between aesthetic pleasure and the pleasures of learning or daydreaming. In adolescence we realize that there are different kinds of pleasure, some of which cannot be enjoyed simultaneously, but we need help from others in defining them. Whether it be a matter of taste in food or taste in literature, the adolescent looks for a mentor in whose authority he can believe. He eats or reads what his mentor recommends and, inevitably, there are occasions when he has to deceive himself a little; he has to pretend that he enjoys olives or War and Peace a little more than he actually does. Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity. Few of us can learn this without making mistakes, without trying to become a little more of a universal man than we are permitted to be. It is during this period that a writer can most easily be led astray by another writer or by some ideology. When someone between twenty and forty says, apropos of a work of art, 'I know what I like, 'he is really saying 'I have no taste of my own but accept the taste of my cultural milieu', because, between twenty and forty, the surest sign that a man has a genuine taste of his own is that he is uncertain of it. After forty, if we have not lost our authentic selves altogether, pleasure can again become what it was when we were children, the proper guide to what we should read.

W.H. Auden
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without-art-we-should-have-no-notion-sacred-without-science-we-should-always-worship-false-gods-wh-auden
in-times-joy-all-us-wished-we-possessed-tail-we-could-wag-wh-auden
the-way-to-read-fairy-tale-is-to-throw-yourself-in-wh-auden
a-real-book-is-not-one-that-we-read-but-one-that-reads-us-wh-auden
all-i-have-is-voice-wh-auden
i-may-want-to-sleep-with-miss-america-but-i-have-no-wish-to-hear-her-talk-about-herself-her-family-wh-auden
mad-ireland-hurt-you-into-poetry-wh-auden
to-make-one-there-must-be-two-wh-auden
there-are-good-books-which-are-only-for-adults-there-are-no-good-books-which-are-only-for-children-wh-auden
the-most-exciting-rhythms-seem-unexpected-complex-most-beautiful-melodies-simple-inevitable-wh-auden
SEPTEMBER 1, 1939 I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives; The unmentionable odour of death Offends the September night. Accurate scholarship can Unearth the whole offence From Luther until now That has driven a culture mad, Find what occurred at Linz, What huge imago made A psychopathic god: I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return. Exiled Thucydides knew All that a speech can say About Democracy, And what dictators do, The elderly rubbish they talk To an apathetic grave; Analysed all in his book, The enlightenment driven away, The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again. Into this neutral air Where blind skyscrapers use Their full height to proclaim The strength of Collective Man, Each language pours its vain Competitive excuse: But who can live for long In an euphoric dream; Out of the mirror they stare, Imperialism's face And the international wrong. Faces along the bar Cling to their average day: The lights must never go out, The music must always play, All the conventions conspire To make this fort assume The furniture of home; Lest we should see where we are, Lost in a haunted wood, Children afraid of the night Who have never been happy or good. The windiest militant trash Important Persons shout Is not so crude as our wish: What mad Nijinsky wrote About Diaghilev Is true of the normal heart; For the error bred in the bone Of each woman and each man Craves what it cannot have, Not universal love But to be loved alone. From the conservative dark Into the ethical life The dense commuters come, Repeating their morning vow; 'I will be true to the wife, I'll concentrate more on my work, ' And helpless governors wake To resume their compulsory game: Who can release them now, Who can reach the dead, Who can speak for the dumb? All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die. Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.

W.H. Auden
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and-maps-can-really-point-to-places-where-life-is-evil-now-nanking-dachau-wh-auden
the-desires-heart-are-as-crooked-as-corkscrews-wh-auden
to-save-your-world-you-asked-this-man-to-die-would-this-man-could-he-see-you-now-asked-why-wh-auden
the-religious-definition-truth-is-not-that-it-is-universal-but-that-it-is-absolute-wh-auden
small-tyrants-threatened-by-big-sincerely-believe-they-love-liberty-wh-auden
some-books-are-undeservedly-forgotten-none-are-undeservedly-remembered-wh-auden
i-smell-blood-era-prominent-madmen-wh-auden
language-is-mother-not-handmaiden-thought-words-will-tell-you-things-you-never-thought-felt-before-wh-auden
when-words-lose-their-meaning-physical-force-takes-over-from-essay-for-writers-by-nancy-crampton-wh-auden
clear-unscalable-ahead-rise-mountains-instead-from-whose-cold-cascading-streams-none-may-drink-except-in-dreams-wh-auden
truth-like-love-sleep-resents-approaches-that-are-too-intense-wh-auden
we-would-rather-be-ruined-than-changed-we-would-rather-die-in-our-dread-than-climb-cross-moment-and-let-our-illusions-die-wh-auden
we-would-rather-be-ruined-than-changed-we-would-rather-die-in-our-dread-than-climb-cross-moment-see-our-illusions-die-wh-auden
what-living-occasion-can-be-just-to-absent-wh-auden
a-dead-man-who-never-caused-others-to-die-seldom-rates-statue-wh-auden
i-know-nothing-except-what-everyone-knows-if-there-when-grace-dances-i-should-dance-wh-auden
we-are-for-all-our-polish-little-stature-as-human-lives-compared-with-authentic-martyrs-no-account-wh-auden
among-those-whom-i-like-admire-i-can-find-no-common-denominator-but-among-those-whom-i-love-i-can-all-them-make-me-laugh-wh-auden
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