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A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
Love
W. H. Auden

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A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
Teachers and Teaching
W. H. Auden

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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Books - Reading
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A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
Music
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All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
Sin
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Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Critics and Criticism
W. H. Auden

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Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Evil
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Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
Fame
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God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.
America
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Healing, Papa would tell me, is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.
Convalescence
W. H. Auden

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My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
Faces
W. H. Auden

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No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Opera
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No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.
Games
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One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.
Hell
W. H. Auden

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Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
Poetry and Poets
W. H. Auden

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Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.
Names
W. H. Auden

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
Books - Reading
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The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.
Mind
W. H. Auden

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The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.
Death and Dying
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We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
Service
W. H. Auden

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We must love one another or die.
Love
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You have to see the sex act comically, as a child.
Sex
W. H. Auden

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You must go to bed with friends or whores, where money makes up the difference in beauty or desire.
Relationships
W. H. Auden

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Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
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