T. S. Eliot

British poet (born in the United States) who won the Nobel prize for literature; his plays are outstanding examples of modern verse drama (1888-1965)

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This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper.
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.
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
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.
And the wind shall say Here were decent godless people. Their only monument the asphalt road. And a thousand lost golf balls.
Any religion...is for ever in danger of petrifaction into mere ritual and habit, though ritual and habit be essential to religion.
April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory out of desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.Winter kept us warm, coveringEarth in a forgetful snow, feedingA little life with dried tubers.
Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden. My words echo Thus, in your mind.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to ...
Human kind cannot bear much reality.
Humankind cannot stand very much reality.
Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Immature poets imitate mature poets steal.
In a minute there is time for decision and revisions that a minute will reverse.
It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.
It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
Only those who will risk going too far Can possibly find out how far one can go.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion…
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
The last temptation is the greatest treason to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates.
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
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.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
We shall never 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.
We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
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.
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

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