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 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
W. H. Auden
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
It's 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.
'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.
Most people call something profound, not because it is near some important truth but because it is distant from ordinary life. Thus, darkness is profound to the eye, silence to the ear; what-is-not is the profundity of what-is.
Lay your sleeping head, my love Human on my faithless arm; Time and fevers burn away Individual beauty from Thoughtful children, and the grave Proves the child ephemeral; But in my arms till break of day Let the living creature lie: Mortal, guilty, but to me The entirely beautiful.
Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation.
Whatever the field under discussion, those who engage in debate must not only believe in each other's good faith, but also in their capacity to arrive at the truth.
Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
You must go to bed with friends or whores, where money makes up the difference in beauty or desire.
There's only one good test of pornography. Get twelve normal men to read the book, and then ask them, Did you get an erection? If the answer is Yes from a majority of the twelve, then the book is pornographic.
Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.
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.
Cancer is a curious thing...Nobody knows what the cause is,Though some pretend they do;It's like some hidden assassin,Waiting to strike at you.Childless women get it,And men when they retire.It
Now is the age of anxiety.
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