It’s a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.


W. H. Auden

896

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.


W. H. Auden

896

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.


W. H. Auden

896

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.


W. H. Auden

896

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


W. H. Auden

896

It’s a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.


W. H. Auden

896

A verbal art like poetry is reflective it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.


W. H. Auden

896

Art is born of humiliation.


W. H. Auden

896

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

896

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.


W. H. Auden

896

’Healing,’ Papa would tell me, ’is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.’


W. H. Auden

896

The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.


W. H. Auden

896

Now is the age of anxiety.


W. H. Auden

896

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.


W. H. Auden

896

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


W. H. Auden

896

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

896

I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.


W. H. Auden

896

Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.


W. H. Auden

896

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that ’faith’ is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?


W. H. Auden

896

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.


W. H. Auden

896

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