T. S. Eliot Quotes

This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper.

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.

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

So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good so far as we do evil or good, we are human and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing at least we exist.

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information

And the wind shall say Here were decent godless people. Their only monument the asphalt road. And a thousand lost golf balls.

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.

We shall not cease from our exploration And at the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time

We shall never 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.

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in but its fitting in is a test of its value -- a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.

The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates.

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

The last temptation is the greatest treason to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

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

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

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

In a minute there is time for decision and revisions that a minute will reverse.

Immature poets imitate mature poets steal.

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.

Humankind cannot stand very much reality.

Human kind cannot bear much reality.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden. My words echo Thus, in your mind.

April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory out of desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.Winter kept us warm, coveringEarth in a forgetful snow, feedingA little life with dried tubers.

Any religion...is for ever in danger of petrifaction into mere ritual and habit, though ritual and habit be essential to religion.



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