"History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."W. H. Auden on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."W. H. Auden on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."W. H. Auden on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."W. H. Auden on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."W. H. Auden on Thomas Jefferson
"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."