W. H. Auden
False enchantment can last a lifetime.
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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.
Acts of injustice done, Between the setting and the rising sun, In history lie like bones, each one.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
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.
No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Accurate scholarship can unearth the whole offence from luther untill noe that has driven a culture mad. From what occured 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.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten none are undeservedly remembered.
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.
Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were.
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call to-day his own He who, secure within, can say, To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself.
Genius is eternal patience.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
No great thing is created suddenly.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.