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T. S. Eliot Quotes


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The overwhelming pressure of mediocrity, sluggish and indomitable as a glacier, will mitigate the most violent, and depress the most exalted revolution.
 

The poet's mind is ... a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together.
[Poets And Poetry]
 

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
 

The repeated reminder of Mr. Pound: that poetry should be as well written as prose.
 

The soul is so far from being a monad that we have not only to interpret other souls to ourself but to interpret ourself to ourself.
[Being]
 

The soul of Man must quicken to creation.
 

The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours.
 

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.
 

The young feel tired at the end of an action; The old at the beginning.
 

There is no absolute point of view from which real and ideal can be finally separated and labeled
 

There is no method but to be very intelligent.
 

There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.
 

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.
 

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
[Civilization]
 

This love is silent.
 

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.
[Beauty]
 

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
 

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 have we to do but stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards in an age which advances progressively backwards?
 

What is actual is actual only for one time, and only for one place.
[Change]
 


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