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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”
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. Eliot
“Teach us to care and not to care”
T.S. Eliot
“We do not pass through the same door twice
Or return to the door through which we did not pass”
T.S. Eliot
“We had the experience but missed the meaning. And approach to the meaning restores the experience in a different form.”
T.S. Eliot
“I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”
T.S. Eliot
“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. ”
T.S. Eliot
“Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
-But who is that on the other side of you?”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems
“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.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.”
T.S. Eliot
“Humor is also a way of saying something serious.”
T.S. Eliot
“I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
“The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire.

Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but
you are the music
While the music lasts.”
T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems, 1909-1962
“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
“In my end is my beginning.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
tags: life
“I should have been a pair of ragged claws/ Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
“The last act is the greatest treason. To do the right deed for the wrong reason.”
T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral
“I can connect
Nothing with nothing”
T.S. Eliot
“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in infomation?”
T.S. Eliot
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”
T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood
“For you know only a heap of broken images”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
“We read many books, because we cannot know enough people.”
T. S. Eliot
“My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me.
'Speak to me. Why do you never speak? Speak.
'What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?
'I never know what you are thinking. Think.”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
“No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest- for it is a part of education to learn to interest ourselves in subjects for which we have no aptitude.”
T.S. Eliot
“This love is silent.”
T. S. Eliot
“So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years-
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres-
Trying to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholy new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate,
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate - but there is no competition -
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

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, The Hollow Men
“Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.”
T.S. Eliot
“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
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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