"The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."W. H. Auden on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."W. H. Auden on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."W. H. Auden on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."W. H. Auden on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."W. H. Auden on Helen Keller
"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."