T.S. Eliot

«For last year's words belong to last year's language»

T.S. Eliot


«Humor is also a way of saying something serious.»

T.S. Eliot


«[Henry] James's critical genius comes out most tellingly in his mastery over, his baffling escape from, Ideas; a mastery and an escape which are perhaps the last test of a superior intelligence.»

T.S. Eliot


«Time for you and time for me,»

T.S. Eliot


«Who is the third who walks always beside you?»

T.S. Eliot


«Do I dare Disturb the universe?»

T.S. Eliot


«Footfalls echo in the memory»

T.S. Eliot


«No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists. You cannot value him alone; you must set him, for contrast and comparison, among the dead.»

T.S. Eliot


«Poetry, if it is not to be a lifeless repetition of forms, must be constantly exploring "the frontiers of the spirit." But these frontiers are not like the surveys of geographical explorers, conquered once for all and settled. The frontiers of the spirit are more like the jungle which, unless continuously kept under control, is always ready to encroach and eventually obliterate the cultivated area.»

T.S. Eliot


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

T.S. Eliot


«We had the experience but missed the meaning. And approach to the meaning restores the experience in a different form.»

T.S. Eliot


«We shall not cease from exploration»

T.S. Eliot


«Unreal friendship may turn to real»

T.S. Eliot


«The dripping blood our only drink,»

T.S. Eliot


«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.»

T.S. Eliot


«Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.»

T.S. Eliot


«I grow old … I grow old …»

T.S. Eliot


«This is the way the world ends»

T.S. Eliot


«When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city ?»

T.S. Eliot


«Where is the Life we have lost in living?»

T.S. Eliot


«Destiny waits in the hand of god, shaping the still unshapen..»

T.S. Eliot


«Truth on our level is a different thing from truth for the jellyfish.»

T.S. Eliot


«The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man»

T.S. Eliot


«Honest criticism and sensible appreciation are directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry.»

T.S. Eliot


«Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?»

T.S. Eliot


«But the Church cannot be, in any political sense, either conservative or liberal, or revolutionary. Conservatism is too often conservation of the wrong things: liberalism a relaxation of discipline; revolution a denial of the permanent things.»

T.S. Eliot


«April is the cruelest month, breeding»

T.S. Eliot


«My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me.»

T.S. Eliot


«Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.»

T.S. Eliot


«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.»

T.S. Eliot