47 Superb T.S. Eliot Quotes

T. S. Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, and social critic. Regarded as one of the major poets of the twentieth century, there have been many publications written during his life. Here is a look at some of the most highly regard T. S. Eliot quotes to inspire you.

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”

“Between the conception and the creation, between the emotion and the response, Falls the shadow.”

“Do I dare disturb the universe?”

“Everyone gets the experience. Some get the lesson.”

“Finding a way to live the simple life is one of life’s supreme complications.”

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”

“For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

“I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.”

“I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.”

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

“If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks.”

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”

“If you do not push the boundaries, you will never know where they are.”

“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.”

“In a mind charged with an eager purpose and an unfinished vindictiveness, there is no room for new feelings.”

“In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.”

“In order to arrive at what you are not, you must go through the way in which you are not.”

“In the last few years everything I’d done up to sixty or so has seemed very childish.”

“In the mountains, there you feel free.”

“It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry -That is a life.”

“It’s strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.”

“Love is most nearly itself When here and now cease to matter.”

“Men live by forgetting and woman live on memories.”

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

“One of the surest tests of the superiority or inferiority of a poet is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate mature poets steal bad poets deface what they take and good poets make it into something better or at least something different.”

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

“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.”

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

“Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”

“Survival is your strength not your shame.”

“The circle of our understanding is a very restricted area.”

“The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started.”

“The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief.”

“The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. ”

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”

“This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.”

“Those who arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began.”

“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”

“To make an end is to make a beginning.”

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then.”

“We had the experience, but we missed the meaning.”

“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.”

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

“Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?”

“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?”

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

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