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40 Famous Quotes by Poet T. S. Eliot

Collection of famous quotes by poet T. S. Eliot.

Thomas Stearns Eliot OM was an American-British poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 and went on to settle, work and marry there

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Best Quotes by T. S. Eliot

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

Art never improves but… the material of art is never quite the same.

— T. S. Eliot

All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths they become facts or at best part of the public character or at worst catchwords.

— T. S. Eliot

Business today consists in persuading crowds.

— T. S. Eliot

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions but to use the ordinary ones and in working them up into poetry to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.

— T. S. Eliot

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

— T. S. Eliot

I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.

— T. S. Eliot

Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute and yet is relative in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.

— T. S. Eliot

For love would be love of the wrong thing there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.

— T. S. Eliot

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

— T. S. Eliot

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

Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.

— T. S. Eliot

Home is where one starts from.

— T. S. Eliot

I said to my soul be still and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.

— T. S. Eliot

For love would be love of the wrong thing there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.

— T. S. Eliot

There is no method but to be very intelligent.

— T. S. Eliot

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?

— 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

Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.

— 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

For love would be love of the wrong thing there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.

— T. S. Eliot

This love is silent.

— T. S. Eliot

You are the music while the music lasts.

— T. S. Eliot

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

— T. S. Eliot

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being to which we rarely penetrate for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.

— T. S. Eliot

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

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

— T. S. Eliot

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions but to use the ordinary ones and in working them up into poetry to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.

— T. S. Eliot

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.

— T. S. Eliot

We know too much and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion and so is our religion.

— T. S. Eliot

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.

— T. S. Eliot

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.

— T. S. Eliot

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.

— T. S. Eliot

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being to which we rarely penetrate for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.

— T. S. Eliot

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

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

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

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

— T. S. Eliot

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.

— 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

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

— T. S. Eliot

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