T.S. Eliot

1888 - 1965

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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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on death and thought

I had not thought death had undone so many. Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled.

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

Here I am, an old man in a dry month, Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Gerontion, 1920

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on anguish

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He knew the anguish of the marrow The ague of the skeleton; No contact possible to flesh Allayed the fever of the bone.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Whispers of Immortality, 1920

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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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