T.S. Eliot

1888 - 1965

A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on music

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You are the music while the music lasts.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on heart and sacred

The nightingales are singing near The Convent of the Sacred Heart, And sang within the bloody wood When Agamemnon cried aloud, And let their liquid siftings fall To stain the stiff dishonored shroud.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Sweeney Among the Nightingales, 1920

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on water

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Here is no water but only rock.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: The Waste Land, 1922, What the Thunder Said

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot

This oval O cropped out with teeth.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Sweeney Erect, 1920

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot

Over buttered scones and crumpets Weeping, weeping multitudes Droop in a hundred A.B.C.'s.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: A Cooking Egg, 1920

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on communication, poetry, and understanding

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on communication, poetry, and understanding

Poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on people, trouble, and world

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on beginning, darkness, emptiness, and men

Old men ought to be explorers Here and there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For further union, a deeper communion Through the dark cold and the empty desolation . . . In my end is my beginning.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on birth, bitterness, cities, darkness, dawn, death, doubt, emptiness, horses, information, journeys, justice, lies, men, people, regret, sleep, thought, time, travel, water, weather, wine, and women

Journey of the Magi "A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter." And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Then the camel men cursing and grumbling And running away, and wanting their liquor and women, And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters, And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly And the villages dirty and charging high prices: A hard time we had of it. At the end we preferred to travel all night, Sleeping in snatches, With the voices singing in our ears, saying That this was all folly. Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley, Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation, With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness, And three trees on the low sky. And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow. Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel, Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver, And feet kicking the empty wine-skins. But there was no information, and so we continued And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory. All this was a long time ago, I remember, And I would do it again, but set down This set down This: were we led all that way for Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death, But had thought they were different; this Birth was Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death. We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation, With an alien people clutching their gods. I should be glad of another death.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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