Posts Tagged ‘w. h. auden’

Quote of the day: LOVE

July 30, 2019

LOVE

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

–W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”

Quote of the day: ILLUSIONS

July 30, 2011

ILLUSIONS

We would rather be ruined
than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.

— W. H. Auden

Quote of the day: YOUTH

May 16, 2010

YOUTH

Why leave out the worst
pangs of youth? The Princes of Fiction,
who ride through risks to rescue their loves,
know their business, are not really
as young as they look. To be young means
to be all on edge, to be held waiting in a
packed lounge for a personal Call
from Long Distance, for the low voice that
defines one’s future. The fears we know are of
not knowing. Will nightfall bring us
some awful order — Keep a hardware store
in a small town? Teach science for life to
progressive girls? It is getting late.
Shall we ever be asked for? Are we simply
not wanted at all?

— W. H. Auden

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