T.S. Eliot

1888 - 1965

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on death, desires, earth, life, and memory

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in a forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: The Waste Land, 1922, The Burial of the Dead

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on army, faith, and laws

Upon the glazen shelves kept watch Matthew and Waldo, guardians of the faith The army of unalterable law.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Cousin Nancy, 1917

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on hope

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Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Ash-Wednesday, 1930

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on doubt and progress

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do To swell a progress, start a scene or two Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool, Deferential, glad to be of use, Politic, cautious, and meticulous; Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; At times, indeed, almost ridiculous- Almost, at times, the Fool.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, 1917

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on birth, death, and facts

Birth, copulation, and death. That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Sweeney Agonistes

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on editors, failure, and writers

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

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on endings, questions, seriousness, and war

The Civil War is not ended: I question whether any serious civil war ever does end.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot

Sometimes these cogitations still amaze The troubled midnight and the noon's repose.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: La Figlia Che Piange, 1917

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on conformity, judgment, and value

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value - a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Tradition and the Individual Talent, sct. 1, in Egoist, (London) Sep and Dec 1919.

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on books, criticism, emotion, and work

We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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