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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)
Left to itself the masculine imagination has very little appreciation for the here and now; it prefers to dwell on what is absent, on what has been or may be. If men are more punctual than women, it is because they know that, without the external discipline of clock time, they would never get anything done.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades, foreword, Phyllis McGinley (1960).
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