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T. S. Eliot Quotes

(1888-1965), American-born British Poet, Critic

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Age And Aging

Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Arts And Artists

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.

Category: Babies

In my beginning is my end.

Category: Beginning

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Category: Communication

For every life and every act consequence of good and evil can be shown and as in time results of many deeds are blended so good and evil in the end become confounded.

Category: Consequences

We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.

Category: Critics And Criticism

In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.

Category: Culture

And what the dead had no speech for, when living, they can tell you, being dead: the communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

Category: Death And Dying

The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

Category: Deeds And Good Deeds

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.

Category: Editing And Editors

I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers.

Category: Editing And Editors

Our emotions are only ''incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.

Category: Emotions