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“Pain is the opposite of joy But joy is a kind of pain”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“At the beginning, eight years ago, I felt, at first, that sense of separation, Of isolation unredeemable, irrevocable— It’s eternal, or gives a knowledge of eternity, Because it feels eternal while it lasts. That is one hell.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“Y te enseñaré algo que no es
ni la sombra tuya que te sigue por la mañana
ni tu sombra que al atardecer sale a tu encuentro;
te mostraré el miedo en un puñado de polvo.”
TS Elliot
“And the eye adjusts itself to a twilight Where the dead stone is seen to be batrachian, The aphyllous branch ophidian.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“ The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,  The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes,  Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,  Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,  Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,  Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,  And seeing that it was a soft October night,  Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.”
T.S. Eliot, The Collected Works of T.S. Eliot
“If you imagine yourselves suddenly deprived of your personal present, of all possibility of action, reduced in consciousness to the memories of everything up to the present, these memories, this existence which would be merely the totality of memories, would be meaningless and flat, even if it could continue to exist. If suddenly all power of producing more poetry were withdrawn from the race, if we knew that for poetry we should have to turn always to what already existed, I think that past poetry would become meaningless. For the capacity of appreciating poetry is inseparable from the power of producing it, it is poets themselves who can best appreciate poetry. Life is always turned toward creation; the present only, keeps the past alive.”
T.S. Eliot
“I not a person, in a world not of persons But only of contaminating presences.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“That sudden comprehension of the death of hope”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“I believe the moment of birth Is when we have knowledge of death I believe the season of birth Is the season of sacrifice”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,”
“You do not know, You cannot know, you cannot understand.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“You bring me news Of a door that opens at the end of a corridor, Sunlight and singing; when I had felt sure That every corridor only led to another, Or to a blank wall; that I kept moving Only so as not to stay still. Singing and light.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“... mixing
Memory and desire”
T.S. Eliot
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“When I know, I know that in some way I shall find That I have always known it. And that will be better.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“Because I came to see
That I should never have been a first-rate potter.
I didn't have it in me. It's strange, isn't it,
That a man should have a consuming passion
To do something for which he lacks the capacity?
Could a man be said to have a vocation
To be a second-rate potter? To be, at best,
A competent copier, possessed by the craving
To create, when one is wholly uncreative?
I don't think so. For I came to see,
That I had always known, at the secret moments,
That I didn't have it in me. There are occasions
When I am transported- a different person,
Transfigured in the vision of some marvellous creation,
And I feel what the man must have felt when he made it.
But nothing I made ever gave me that contentment-
That state of utter exhaustion and peace
Which comes in dying to give something life...”
T.S Eliot
“He hid his strength beneath unusual weakness, The diffidence of a solitary man: Where he was weak he recognised your mother’s power, And yielded to it.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“The backward look behind the assurance
Of recorded history, the backward half-look
Over the shoulder, towards the primitive terror.”
T.S. Eliot, The Dry Salvages
“It was only a moment, it was only one moment That I stood in sunlight, and thought I might stay there.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“You cannot face it steadily, but this thing is sure,
That time is no healer: the patient is no longer here.”
T.S. Eliot, The Dry Salvages
“Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent”
T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems
“It [tradition] cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.”
T. S. Eliot
“I must face them. I must fight them. But they are stupid. How can one fight with stupidity?”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“And for a hundred visions and revisions,”
T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems
“Where is the wisdom?
We lost in knowledge

Where is the wisdom we lost in knowledge?
T.S. Eliot
“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. Elliott
“Darkness reminds us of light.”
T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems
“Poesie kann sich mitteilen, auch ehe sie verstanden ist.”
T.S. Eliot
tags: poetik
“After such knowledge, what forgiveness?”
T.S. Eliot, Gerontion
“You are the consciousness of your unhappy family. Its bird sent flying through the purgatorial flame.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion
“That is the reason. I keep Wishwood alive To keep the family alive, to keep them together, To keep me alive, and I live to keep them.”
T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion

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