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W. H. Auden Quotes

(1907-1973), Anglo-American Poet

Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.

Category: Upbringing

A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.

Category: Work

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: they must not do too much of it: and they must have a sense of success in it --not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.

Category: Work

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.

Category: Writers And Writing

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

Category: Writers And Writing