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“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.”
T.S. Eliot, The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
T.S. Eliot
“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”
T.S. Eliot
“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, Four Quartets
“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
T.S. Eliot
“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”
T.S. Eliot
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
T.S. Eliot
“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.”
T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
“For I have known them all already, known them all—
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Others
tags: life
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”
T.S. Eliot
“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man”
T.S. Eliot
“There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”
T.S. Eliot
“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
T.S. Eliot
“Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.”
T.S. Eliot
“If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
T.S. Eliot
“We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

- The Hollow Men
T.S. Eliot, Poems: 1909-1925
“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.”
T.S. Eliot
“You are the music while the music lasts.”
T.S. Eliot
“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.”
T.S. Eliot
“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.”
T.S. Eliot
“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow”
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
“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
T.S. Eliot
“Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“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.”
T.S. Eliot
“I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us... and we drown.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems

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