Quotation by W.H. Auden

One of the most horrible, yet most important, discoveries of our age has been that, if you really wish to destroy a person and turn him into an automaton, the surest method is not physical torture, in the strict sense, but simply to keep him awake, i.e., in an existential relation to life without intermission.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. "Hic et Ille," pt. 3, sct. C, The Dyer's Hand (1962).
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