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T. S. Eliot Quotes

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

Birth, copulation and death. That's all the facts when you come to the brass tacks.

Category: Life And Living

When we read of human beings behaving in certain ways, with the approval of the author, who gives his benediction to this behavior by his attitude towards the result of the behavior arranged by himself, we can be influenced towards behaving in the same way.

Category: Literature

Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.

Category: Love

We are not here to triumph by fighting, by strata gem, or by resistance, not to fight with beasts as men. We have fought the beast and have conquered. We have only to conquer now, by suffering. This is the easier victory.

Category: Martyrdom

There is no method but to be very intelligent.

Category: Methods

You are the music while the music lasts.

Category: Music

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value -- a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.

Category: Novelty

All cases are unique and very similar to others.

Category: Originality

Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.

Category: Past

Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.

Category: Peace

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.

Category: Plays

Each venture is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate with shabby equipment always deteriorating in the general mess of imprecision of feeling.

Category: Poetry And Poets

I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling.

Category: Poetry And Poets

It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry --That is a life.

Category: Poetry And Poets

We must believe that ''emotion recollected in tranquillity'' is an inexact formula. For it is neither emotion, nor recollection, nor without distortion of meaning, tranquillity. It is a concentration, and a new thing resulting from the concentration of a very great number of experiences which to the practical and active person would not seem to be experiences at all; it is a concentration which does not happen consciously or of deliberation. These experiences are not ''recollected'' and they finally unite in an atmosphere which is ''tranquil'' only in that it is a passive attending upon the event.

Category: Poetry And Poets