W. H. Auden
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Acts of injustice done, Between the setting and the rising sun, In history lie like bones, each one.
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.
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.
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.
No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
False enchantment can last a lifetime.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten none are undeservedly remembered.
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.
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.
He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and small For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
In any crass political calculation, drilling for oil will always win more votes than putting a price on carbon. But if I recall what I was taught in fifth-grade American government class, we elect presidents to do more than crass political calculations.
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
My friends say, 'Man you're going to have kids sleeping on pillowcases with your face on it! You're going to be on toothbrushes and magnets and stuff.' I guess now that I'm a dad, I'm thrilled about that.
I've always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.