T. S. Eliot Quotes
Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.
As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords.