"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."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that."W. H. Auden on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."W. H. Auden on Mahatma Gandhi
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."W. H. Auden on John F. Kennedy
"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."W. H. Auden on Bruce Lee
"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."W. H. Auden on Oscar Wilde
"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."