T.S. Eliot Quotes

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

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?
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War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.
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For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
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At the beach – time you enjoyed wasting, is not wasted.
– T.S. Eliot

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

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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

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Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
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Poetry is not an assertion of truth, but the making of that truth more fully real to us.
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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.
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Everyone gets the experience. Some get the lesson.
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Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
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If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.
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Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
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What is hell? Hell is oneself.
Hell is alone, the other figures in it. Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to. One is always alone.
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I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.
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Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.
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There is another way, if you have the courage.
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Finding a way to live the simple life is one of life’s supreme complications.
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Unreal friendship may turn to real but real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended.
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