"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."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."W. H. Auden on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."W. H. Auden on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."W. H. Auden on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."W. H. Auden on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."W. H. Auden on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."