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Quotation by W.H. Auden
"10 December, 1947" The Table Talk of W.H. Auden, comp. by Alan Ansen, ed. Nicholas Jenkins (1990) "16 March, 1948" (1990) "31 December, 1947" The Table Talk of W.H. Auden, compiled by Alan Ansen, ed. Nicholas Jenkins (1990) "31 December, 1947" The Table Talk of W. H. Auden, comp. Alan Ansen, ed. Nicholas Jenkins (1990) A Certain World (1970)
In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. Faber Book of Modern American Verse, introduction (1956).
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