T.S. Eliot Quotes

American-born British poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor

Saints are not made by accident.
– T.S. Eliot

The circle of our understanding is a very restricted area.
– T.S. Eliot

In my beginning is my end… In my end is my beginning.
– T.S. Eliot

War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.
– T.S. Eliot

There is another way, if you have the courage.
– T.S. Eliot

Death has a hundred hands and walks by a thousand ways.
– T.S. Eliot

I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
– T.S. Eliot

It is not enough to understand what we ought to be, unless we know what we are; and we do not understand what we are, unless we know what we ought to be.
– T.S. Eliot

It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.
– T.S. Eliot

In the life of one man, never the same time returns.
– T.S. Eliot

Poetry is not an assertion of truth, but the making of that truth more fully real to us.
– T.S. Eliot

We learn what poetry is – if we ever learn – by reading it.
– T.S. Eliot

All time is unredeemable.
– T.S. Eliot

At the beach – time you enjoyed wasting, is not wasted.
– T.S. Eliot

It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry -That is a life.
– T.S. Eliot

Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
– T.S. Eliot

In life there is no time to grieve long.
– T.S. Eliot

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
– T.S. Eliot

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
– T.S. Eliot

Survival is your strength not your shame.
– T.S. Eliot

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.
– T.S. Eliot

You can evade life, but you can not evade Death.
– T.S. Eliot

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?
– T.S. Eliot

The journey, Not the destination matters.
– T.S. Eliot

Finding a way to live the simple life is one of life’s supreme complications.
– T.S. Eliot

If you do not push the boundaries, you will never know where they are.
– T.S. Eliot

If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks.
– T.S. Eliot

Everyone gets the experience. Some get the lesson.
– T.S. Eliot

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
– T.S. Eliot

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

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