T. S. Eliot Quotes
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Do I dare disturb the universe?
Saint and Martyr rule from the tomb.
The journey, not the arrival, matters.
Human kind Cannot bear very much reality.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Poetry ought to be as well written as prose.
Men live by forgetting—women live on memories.
There is no method but to be very intelligent.
Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.
The great poet, in writing himself, writes his time.
A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.
All great poetry gives the illusion of a view of life.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
The circle of our understanding Is a very restricted area.
Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out just how far to go.
Between the idea/And the reality/Between the motion/And the act/Falls the Shadow.
The communication Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while it lasts.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.
And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself.
Before a Cat will condescend To treat you as a trusted friend, Some little token of esteem Is needed, like a dish of cream.
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
Radio is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
Someone said, 'The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.' Precisely, and they are that which we know.
Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality.
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.
Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.
I love you to the limits of speech, and beyond. It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, So the lover must struggle for words.
You do not know what hope is, until you have lost it. You only know what it is not to hope: You do not know what it is to have hope taken from you Or to fling it away, to join the legion of the hopeless Unrecognized by other men, though sometimes by each other.
Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm—but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.