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November 15, 2009

Quotations by T. S. Eliot


Eliot, T[homas]. S[tearns]. (1888-1965), American-born British dramatist, poet, and critic


"Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel."
~T. S. Eliot

"Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things."
~T. S. Eliot

"Humor is also a way of saying something serious."
~T. S. Eliot

"Humankind cannot stand very much reality."
~T. S. Eliot

"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. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."
~T. S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent", II (The Sacred Wood, 1922)

"I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling."
~T. S. Eliot

"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."
~T. S. Eliot

"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."
~T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

"The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason."
~T. S. Eliot

"Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow"
~T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

"Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow"
~T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

"This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."
~T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men
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