T.S. Eliot

1888 - 1965

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on deed, reason, and temptation

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

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Murder in the Cathedral

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on possibility and risk

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

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on boldness

Paint me the bold anfractuous rocks Faced by the snarled and yelping seas.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Sweeney Erect, 1920

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on cricket, death, fear, and water

You know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief And the dry stone no sound of water. Only There is shadow under this red rock, (Come in under the shadow of this red rock) And I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you; I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on intelligence

O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag- It's so elegant So intelligent.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: The Waste Land, 1922, The Game of Chess

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on simplicity

Quick now, here now, always- A condition of complete simplicity (costing not less than everything) And all shall be well All manner of things shall be well When the tongues of flame are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and rose are one.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: last lines of poem, "Little Gidding"

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on simplicity

Simple and faithless as a smile and shake of the hand.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: La Figlia Che Piange, 1917

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on daughters, time, and water

But at my back from time to time I hear The sound of horns and motors, which shall bring Sweeney to Mrs. Porter in the spring. O the moon shone bright on Mrs. Porter And on her daughter They wash their feet in soda water.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: The Waste Land, 1922, The Fire Sermon

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on belief, emotion, meaning, practicality, and tranquility

We must believe that "emotion recollected in tranquillity" is an inexact formula. For it is neither emotion, nor recollection, nor without distortion of meaning, tranquillity. It is a concentration, and a new thing resulting from the concentration of a very great number of experiences which to the practical and active person would not seem to be experiences at all; it is a concentration which does not happen consciously or of deliberation. These experiences are not "recollected" and they finally unite in an atmosphere which is "tranquil" only in that it is a passive attending upon the event.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on borrowing, maturity, and poets

Immature poets borrow, mature poets steal.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content