W. H. Auden Quotes

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

W. H. Auden

Nobody knows what the cause is, though some pretend they do; it like some hidden assassin waiting to strike at you. Childless women get it, and men when they retire; it as if there had to be some outlet for their foiled creative fire.

W. H. Auden

Now is the age of anxiety.

W. H. Auden

It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.

W. H. Auden

It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.

W. H. Auden

Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.

W. H. Auden

Every European visitor to the United States is struck by the comparative rarity of what he would call a face, by the frequency of men and women who look like elderly babies. If he stays in the States for any length of time, he will learn that this cannot be put down to a lack of sensibility -- the American feels the joys and sufferings of human life as keenly as anybody else. The only plausible explanation I can find lies in his different attitude to the past. To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the past.

W. H. Auden
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