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T. S. Eliot Quotes

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

So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.

Category: Evil

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.

Category: Exploration

There are flood and drought over the eyes and in the mouth, dead water and dead sand contending for the upper hand. The parched eviscerate soil gapes at the vanity of toil, laughs without mirth. This is the death of the earth.

Category: Famine

Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.

Category: Freedom

Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.

Category: Friends And Friendship

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be: am an attendant lord, one that will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two, advise the prince.

Category: Futility

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

Category: Futility

Hell is oneself, hell is alone, the other figures in it merely projections. There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to. One is always alone.

Category: Hell

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.

Category: Importance

The awful daring of a moment's surrender which an age of prudence can never retract.

Category: Impulse

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

Category: Indecision

People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.

Category: Influence

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.

Category: Information

Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.

Category: Insanity

The dream crossed twilight between birth and dying.

Category: Life And Living