Quotes by TSEliot


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
– T. S. Eliot
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.
– TSEliot
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.
– TSEliot
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
– TSEliot
Footfalls echo in the memoryDown the passage which we did not takeTowards the door we never openedInto the rose-garden. My words echoThus, in your mind.
– TSEliot
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
– TSEliot
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory out of desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in a forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
– TSEliot
A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.
– T. S. Eliot
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
– T. S. Eliot
And we must think no further of you.
– T. S. Eliot
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
– T. S. Eliot
Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.
– T. S. Eliot
April is the cruellest month.
– T. S. Eliot
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.
– T. S. Eliot
At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths -your abilities and your failings.
– T. S. Eliot
Business today consists in persuading crowds.
– T. S. Eliot
Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage which we did not take, towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden.
– T. S. Eliot
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
– T. S. Eliot
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
– T. S. Eliot
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.
– T. S. Eliot