"Music is the best means we have of digesting time."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."W. H. Auden on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."W. H. Auden on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."W. H. Auden on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."W. H. Auden on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."W. H. Auden on Dalai Lama
"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."