T.S. Eliot

1888 - 1965

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

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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)

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

Immature poets borrow, mature poets steal.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on acceptance, life, and strength

If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on death, losing, and men

I think we are in rats' alley Where the dead men lost their bones.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on kindness and reality

Human kind Cannot bear very much reality.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Burnt Norton

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot

Reorganized upon the floor She yawns and draws a stocking up.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Sweeney Among the Nightingales, 1920

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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

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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

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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

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