Quotation by W.H. Auden

To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention—on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God—that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying.... The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. "Prayer, Nature of," A Certain World (1970).
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