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Quotes by T.S. Elliot

A Collection of Quotes by T.S. Elliot

“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.”

“A national culture, if it is to flourish, should be a constellation of cultures, the constitutes of which, benefiting each other, benefit the whole.”

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”

“Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?”

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

“Men live by forgetting and woman live on memories.”

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

“The majority of mankind is lazyminded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith.”

“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.”

“Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.”

“Unreal friendship may turn to real
But real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended.”

“Those who arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began.”

“Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.”

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”

“If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks.”

“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”

“Books. Cats. Life is good.”

“The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.”

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”

“Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.”

“I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.”

“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 emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.”

“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”

“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.”

“Everyone gets the experience. Some get the lesson.”

“You are the music while the music lasts.”

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”

“Finding a way to live the simple life is one of life’s supreme complications.”

“Distracted from distraction by distraction.”

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.”

“The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.”

“Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

“We don’t actually fear death, we fear that no one will notice our absence, that we will disappear without a trace.”

“If you do not push the boundaries, you will never know where they are.”

“I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”

“For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”

“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.”

“I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, and I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, and in short, I was afraid.”

“It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous.”

“Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.”

“There is one who remembers the way to your door: Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.”

“Between the conception and the creation, between the emotion and the response, falls the shadow.”

“Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.”

“Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.”

“Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.”

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”

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