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T. S. Eliot quotes

My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.

There is no absolute point of view from which real and ideal can be finally separated and labelled.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Half of 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.

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.

If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

You are the music while the music lasts.

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's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.