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“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
“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
T.S. Eliot
“Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity”
T.S. Eliot
“Half 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. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”
T.S. Eliot
“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 emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.”
T.S. Eliot
“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
“These fragments I have shored against my ruins”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”
T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood
“The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.”
T.S. Eliot
“Distracted from distraction by distraction”
T.S. Eliot
“Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”
T.S. Eliot
“A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
“It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous.
Resign yourself to be the fool you are...
...We must always take risks. That is our destiny...”
T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
“I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.”
T.S. Eliot
“The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
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?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.”
T.S. Eliot
“And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor -
And this, and so much more? -”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
“Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still.”
T.S. Eliot.
“Light
Light
The visible reminder of Invisible Light.”
T.S. Eliot
“Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”
T.S. Eliot
“To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.”
T.S. Eliot
“Do I dare Disturb the universe?”
T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland, Prufrock and Other Poems
“I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.”
T.S. Eliot
“Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.”
T.S. Eliot.
“So I find words I never thought to speak

In streets I never thought I should revisit

When I left my body on a distant shore.”
T.S. Eliot
“We don't actually fear death, we fear that no one will notice our absence, that we will disappear without a trace.”
t.s. eliot
“I must tell you that I should really like to think there's something wrong with me- Because, if there isn't, then there's something wrong with the world itself-and that's much more frightening! That would be terrible. So I'd rather believe there is something wrong with me, that could be put right.”
T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
“I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, and I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, and in short, I was afraid.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
“There is one who remembers the way to your door: Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.”
T.S. Eliot


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