W. H. Auden
- "No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible."
- "All pity is self-pity."
- Simple: When people feel pity, they always feel pity for themselves.
- Auden, W. H.; ed. by Edward Mendelson (2002). Prose, Volume II: 1939-1948. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 478. ISBN 0-691-08935-3. Auden used the phrase "Anglo-American Poets" in 1943, implicitly referring to himself and T. S. Eliot.
- The first definition of "Anglo-American" in the OED (2008 revision) is: "Of, belonging to, or involving both England (or Britain) and America." "Oxford English Dictionary (access by subscription)". Retrieved on 2009-05-25 See also the definition "English in origin or birth, American by settlement or citizenship" in (1983) Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, 45. See also the definition "an American, especially a citizen of the United States, of English origin or descent" in (1961) Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, 103. See also the definition "a native or descendant of a native of England who has settled in or become a citizen of America, esp. of the United States" from The Random House Dictionary, 2009, available online at "Dictionary.com". Retrieved on 2009-05-25
- "Notes on Music and Opera" (p.472)
- "Interlude: West's Disease" (p. 243)