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W. H. Auden Quotes

Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,For poetry makes nothing happen.

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Look, stranger, at this island nowThe leaping light for your delight discovers.

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To ask the hard question is simple.

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A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.

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To save your world you asked this man to dieWould this man, could he see you now, ask why

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Lay your sleeping head, my love,Human on my faithless arm.

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To us he is no more a personNow but a climate of opinionUnder whom we conduct our differing lives.

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The words of a dead manAre modified in the guts of the living.

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God bless the USA, so large,So friendly, and so rich.

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Five minutes on even the nicest mountainIs awfully long.

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Private faces in public placesAre wiser and nicerThan public faces in private places.

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Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.

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Goodness is easier to recognize than to define.

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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

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