The best Quotations


Dogmatic theological statements are neither logical propositions nor poetic utterances. they are 9;9;shaggy dog9;9; stories; they have a point, but he who tries too hard to get it will miss it.
- W. H. Auden

I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a 9;9;suspension of belief.9;9; a poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
- W. H. Auden

It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one9;s nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.
- W. H. Auden

It9;s frightening how easy it is to commit murder in america. just a drink too much. i can see myself doing it. in england, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. but here, anything can happen.
- W. H. Auden

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in him, god has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that 9;9;faith9;9; is even more difficult for him than it is for us?
- W. H. Auden

Slavery is so intolerable a condition that the slave can hardly escape deluding himself into thinking that he is choosing to obey his master9;s commands when, in fact, he is obliged to. most slaves of habit suffer from this delusion and so do some writers, enslaved by an all too 9;9;personal9;9; style.
- W. H. Auden

The actors today really need the whip hand. they9;re so lazy. they haven9;t got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. the theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
- W. H. Auden

The only way to spend new year9;s eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.
- W. H. Auden

There9;s only one good test of pornography. get twelve normal men to read the book, and then ask them, 9;9;did you get an erection?9;9; if the answer is 9;9;yes9;9; from a majority of the twelve, then the book is pornographic.
- W. H. Auden

To the man-in-the-street, who, i9;m sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. the word 9;9;intellectual9;9; suggests straight away. a man who9;s untrue to his wife.
- W. H. Auden

We are here on earth to do good to others. what the others are here for, i don9;t know.
- W. H. Auden

You know there are no secrets in america. it9;s quite different in england, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
- W. H. Auden

Don9;t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
- St. Augustine

I asked the whole frame of the world about my god; and he answered,9;9; i am not he, but he made me.9;9;
- St. Augustine

I have read in plato and cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but i have never read in either of them: come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.9;9;
- St. Augustine

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don9;t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
- St. Augustine

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don9;t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
- St. Augustine

A man9;s life is what his thoughts make of it.
- Marcus Aurelius

Every man9;s life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
- Marcus Aurelius

Here is the rule to remember in the future, when anything tempts you to be bitter: not, 9;9;this is a misfortune9;9; but 9;9;to bear this worthily is good fortune.9;9;
- Marcus Aurelius

In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: 9;i am rising to a man9;s work.9;
- Marcus Aurelius

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people9;s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
- Marcus Aurelius

Life is a warfare and a stranger9;s sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.
- Marcus Aurelius

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature9;s delight.
- Marcus Aurelius

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man9;s life.
- Marcus Aurelius


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Quotation I hate victims who respect their executioners. - writer
Quotation He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. - writer
Quotation The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good. - writer
Quotation Voluptuaries, consumed by their senses, always begin by flinging themselves with a great display of frenzy into an abyss. But they survive, they come to the surface again. And they develop a routine of the abyss: ''It's four o clock. At five I have my abyss... '' - writer
Quotation How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied. - writer
Quotation I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun. - writer