Quotations From T.S. (THOMAS STEARNS) ELIOT

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  • 1.
    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.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. New York Post (Sept. 22, 1963).

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  • 2.
    For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-born—British poet, critic. "East Coker."
  • 3.
    These fragments I have shored against my ruins.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. The Waste Land, pt. 5: "What the Thunder Said," (1922).
  • 4.
    I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. The Waste Land, pt. 1, "The Burial of the Dead," (1922).

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  • 5.
    The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. "Ash-Wednesday," pt. 6 (1930).

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  • 6.
    It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • 7.
    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. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-British modernist poet. Eliot's doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 7, Columbia University Press (1964).
  • 8.
    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. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-British modernist poet. Eliot's doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 6, Columbia University Press (1964).
  • 9.
    There is no absolute point of view from which real and ideal can be finally separated and labelled.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-British modernist poet. Eliot's doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 1, Columbia University Press (1964).
  • 10.
    Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. The Sacred Wood, "Philip Massinger," (1920).
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