"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."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."W. H. Auden on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."W. H. Auden on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."W. H. Auden on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."W. H. Auden on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."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."
"Art is born of humiliation."