"Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."W. H. Auden on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."W. H. Auden on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."W. H. Auden on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."W. H. Auden on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."W. H. Auden on Mark Twain
"Now is the age of anxiety."
"The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age."
"'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'"
"It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it."
"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."