T S Eliot Quotes (66 quotations)

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1. A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good. - T S Eliot

2. 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

3. Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity - T S Eliot

4. Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express. - T S Eliot

5. As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. - T S Eliot

6. At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths -your abilities and your failings. - T S Eliot

7. Business today consists in persuading crowds. - T S Eliot

8. Footfalls echo in the memory, Down the passage which we did not take, Towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden. - T S Eliot

9. For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. - T S Eliot

10. Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. - T S Eliot

11. Half of 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. - T S Eliot

12. Human beings cannot stand too much reality. - T S Eliot

13. Human kind cannot bear much reality. - T S Eliot

14. Humankind cannot bear very much reality. - T S Eliot

15. Humankind cannot stand very much reality. - T S Eliot

16. Humor is also a way of saying something serious. - T S Eliot

17. I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics. - T S Eliot

18. I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. - T S Eliot

19. I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. - T S Eliot

20. I must say Bernard Shaw is greatly improved by music. - T S Eliot

21. I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling. - T S Eliot

22. If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? - T S Eliot

23. If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it." - T S Eliot

24. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. - T S Eliot

25. In a minute there is time for decision and revisions that a minute will reverse. - T S Eliot

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