T. S. Eliot Quotes

T. S. Eliot

British (US-born) critic, dramatist & poet (1888 - 1965)

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Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

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It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.

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In a minute there is time<

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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.

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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

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Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

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Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

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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.

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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

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We shall not cease from our exploration, and at the end of all our exploring, we shall arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

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Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

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Humor is also a way of saying something serious.

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The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

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Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.

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In a minute there is time for decision and revisions that a minute will reverse.

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

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Humankind cannot stand very much reality.

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It is impossible to say just what I mean!

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We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

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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.

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You can evade life, but you can not evade Death.

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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.

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Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

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We shall never 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.

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Human kind cannot bear much reality.

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It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.

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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.

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