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What all schoolchildren learn: those to whom evil is done do evil in return.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
Earth, receive an honored guest; William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
... see without looking, ... hear without seeing, ... breathe without asking.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
It takes little talent to see what is under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in what direction to point that organ.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
In the end, art is small beer. The really serious things are earning one's living so as not to be a parasite and loving one's neighbor.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
Geniuses are the luckiest mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
Thou shalt not answer questionnaires Or quizzes upon world affairs, Nor with compliance Take any test. Thou shalt not sit with statisticians nor commit A social science.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden
We are here on Earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I do not know.
—  Wystan Hugh Auden

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