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T. S. Eliot Quotes

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

When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences.

Category: Poetry And Poets

If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.

Category: Power

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.

Category: Pride

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

Category: Reality

It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.

Category: Rebellion

Footfalls echo in the memory down the passage which we did not take towards the door we never opened into the rose-garden.

Category: Regret

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

Category: Risk

April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.

Category: Spring

Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.

Category: Success

It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

Category: Television

A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.

Category: Tradition

It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.

Category: Tradition

War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.

Category: War

For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.

Category: Words

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

Category: Writers And Writing