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We shall not cease from exploration
by T. S. Eliot

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Related topics: Wisdom Adventure Lesson

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.
- T. S. Eliot

There is no method but to be very intelligent.
- T. S. Eliot

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T. S. Eliot

 

I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.
- T. S. Eliot

You are the music while the music lasts.
- T. S. Eliot

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.
- T. S. Eliot

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Home is where one starts from.
- T. S. Eliot

O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart:
for the heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked.
- T. S. Eliot

Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute,
and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes
beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.
- T. S. Eliot

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits
millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time,
and yet remain lonesome.
- T. S. Eliot

The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious,
and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.
- T. S. Eliot

It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
- T. S. Eliot

Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree:
you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
- T. S. Eliot

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
- T. S. Eliot

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion,
but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality,
but an escape from personality.
But, of course, only those who have personality and
emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
- T. S. Eliot

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time,
but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
- T. S. Eliot

And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence:
seeking every one after his own elevation,
and dodging his emptiness.
- T. S. Eliot

This love is silent.
- T. S. Eliot

Where there is no temple there shall be no homes.
- T. S. Eliot

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions,
but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry,
to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
- T. S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
- T. S. Eliot

People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand
the unimportance of events.
- T. S. Eliot

In my beginning is my end.
- T. S. Eliot

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
- T. S. Eliot

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
- T. S. Eliot

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

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly
find out how far one can go.
- T. S. Eliot

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
- T. S. Eliot

We know too much, and are convinced of too little.
Our literature is a substitute for religion,
and so is our religion.
- T. S. Eliot

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in
literature and a royalist in politics.
- T. S. Eliot

Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.
- T. S. Eliot

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire
beyond the language of the living.
- T. S. Eliot

All significant truths are private truths.
As they become public they cease to become truths;
they become facts,
or at best, part of the public character;
or at worst,
catchwords.
- T. S. Eliot

It's strange that words are so inadequate.
Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath,
so the lover must struggle for words.
- T. S. Eliot

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang,
but a whimper.
- T. S. Eliot

The last temptation is the greatest treason:
to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
- T. S. Eliot

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
- T. S. Eliot

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.
- T. S. Eliot

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup
of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you,
let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."
- T. S. Eliot

So the lover must struggle for words.
- T. S. Eliot

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
- T. S. Eliot

The Nobel is a ticket to one's own funeral.
No one has ever done anything after he got it.
- T. S. Eliot

A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily
diminished by our knowledge of its causes,
its character, its importance or insignificance.
- T. S. Eliot

Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it.
At least not until the producers or the public tell you to.
- T. S. Eliot

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
- T. S. Eliot

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
- T. S. Eliot

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.
- T. S. Eliot

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?
- T. S. Eliot

There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old
man who will not forsake the world,
which has already forsaken him.
- T. S. Eliot

The tiger springs in the new year.
Us he devours.
- T. S. Eliot

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year,
must alter; he must seek new literary influences;
he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot

If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?
- T. S. Eliot

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.
- T. S. Eliot

April is the cruellest month.
- T. S. Eliot

Business today consists in persuading crowds.
- T. S. Eliot

Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow,
but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment.
- T. S. Eliot

The soul is so far from being a monad that we have
not only to interpret other souls to ourself but to
interpret ourself to ourself.
- T. S. Eliot

There is no absolute point of view from which real
and ideal can be finally separated and labelled.
- T. S. Eliot

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.
- T. S. Eliot

Art never improves, but...
the material of art is never quite the same.
- T. S. Eliot

My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.
- T. S. Eliot

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is
the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the
knowledge we have lost in information?
- T. S. Eliot

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be,
poetry is not a career, but a mug's game.
No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent
value of what he has written:
He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
- T. S. Eliot

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper,
unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being,
to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly
a constant evasion of ourselves.
- T. S. Eliot

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must, indeed, all hang together or,
most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

Give me a lever long enough
and a fulcrum on which to place it,
and I shall move the world.
- Archimedes


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