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“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
T.S. Eliot
“Who then devised the torment? Love.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“And whether in Argos or England There are certain inflexible laws Unalterable, in the nature of music. There is nothing at all to be done about it, There is nothing to do about anything,”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“Dust in the air suspended,
Marks the place where a story ended.”
T.S. Eliot
“IV.The wounded surgeon plies the steelThat questions the distempered part;Beneath the bleeding hands we feelThe sharp compassion of the healer's artResolving the enigma of the fever chart.Our only health is the diseaseIf we obey the dying nurseWhose constant care is not to pleaseBut to remind of our, and Adam's curse,And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.The whole earth is our hospitalEndowed by the ruined millionaire,Wherein, if we do well, we shallDie of the absolute paternal careThat will not leave us, but prevents us everywhere.The chill ascends from feet to knees,The fever sings in mental wires.If to be warmed, then I must freezeAnd quake in frigid purgatorial firesOf which the flame is roses, and the smoke is briars.The dripping blood our only drink,The bloody flesh our only food:In spite of which we like to thinkThat we are sound, substantial flesh and bloodAgain, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“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?”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems
“You are not here to verify,
instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
or carry report. You are here to kneel
where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more than an order of words, the conscious occupation of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.”
T. S. Eliot
“...I came to the conclusion seeing also that the 'influence' of Brahmin and Buddhist thought upon Europe, as in Schopenhauer, Hartmann, and Deussen, had largely been through romantic misunderstanding that my only hope of really penetrating to the heart of that mystery would lie in forgetting how to think and feel as an American or a European: which, for practical as well as sentimental reasons, I did not wish to do.”
T. S. Eliot
“I suspect, in fact, that a good deal of the value of an interpretation is -- that it should be my own interpretation.”
T.S. Eliot, The Frontiers of Criticism
“We understand the ordinary business of living,
We know how to work the machine”
T. S. Eliot
“For what is more formal than a family dinner? An official occasion of uncomfortable people Who meet very seldom, making conversation.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“The tolling bell
Measures time not our time, rung by the unhurried
Ground swell, a time
Older than the time of chronometers, older
Than time counted by anxious worried women
lying awake, calculating the future,
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
Between midnight and dawn, when the past is all deception,
The future futureless, before the morning watch
When time stops and time is never ending;
And the ground swell, that is and was from the beginning,
Clangs
The Bell”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.”
T. S. Eliot
“I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me. 125

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown 130
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
TS Elliot
“Not such a compliment: she only wanted To have a tame daughter-in-law with very little money, A housekeeper-companion for her and Harry. Even when he married, she still held on to me”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“You have to risk going too far to discover how far you can go.”
T. S. Eliot
“And last, the rending pain of re-enactment
Of all that you have done, and been; the shame
Of things ill done and done to others' harm
Which once you took for exercise of virtue.
Then fools' approval stings, and honour stains.”
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”
T.S. Eliot
“Dawn points, and another day
Prepares for heat and silence. Out at sea the dawn wind
Wrinkles and slides. I am here
Or there, or elsewhere. In my beginning.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“Anything is possible, but many things are highly unlikely.
Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find
out how far one can go.”
T.S. Eliot
“This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.”
T S Eliot
“And what is the real you. I haven’t much experience, But I see something now which doesn’t come from tutors Or from books, or from thinking, or from observation:”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.”
T. S. Eliot
“But I thought I might escape from one life to another, And it may be all one life, with no escape.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“HARRY: But I thought I might escape from one life to another, And it may be all one life, with no escape.”
T. S. Eliot
“And I hear your voice as in the silence Between two storms, one hears the moderate usual noises In the grass and leaves, of life persisting, Which ordinarily pass unnoticed.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“It’s just ordinary hopelessness.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“These are the ones that suffer least: The aconite under the snow And the snowdrop crying for a moment in the wood.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“T.S. Eliot said to me “There’s only one way a poet can develop his actual writing – apart from self-criticism & continual practice. And that is by reading other poetry aloud – and it doesn’t matter whether he understands it or not (i.e. even if it’s in another language.) What matters above all, is educating the ear.”
T.S. Eliot
“You do not know what hope is, until you have lost it. You only know what it is not to hope: You do not know what it is to have hope taken from you, Or to fling it away, to join the legion of the hopeless Unrecognised by other men, though sometimes by each other.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion


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