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W. H. Auden Quotes


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To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety.
[Happiness]
 

To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
 

We all have these places where shy humiliations gambol on sunny afternoons.
 

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.
 

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.
[Art]
 

When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.
 

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
[Science]
 

When we do evil, We and our victims Are equally bewildered.
 

You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
[America]
 

You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at.
 


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