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Quotations From T.S. (THOMAS STEARNS) ELIOT

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  • 11.
    There is no method but to be very intelligent.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). The Perfect Critic (1920). Said of Aristotle, who exemplified not method so much as intelligence itself.
  • 12.
    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Prufrock and Other Observations (1917).

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  • 13.
    Art never improves, but ... the material of art is never quite the same.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). "Tradition and the Individual Talent," sect. 1, Egoist (London, September and December 1919).
  • 14.
    It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labour.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. first published in Egoist (London, Sept. and Dec. 1919). "Tradition and the Individual Talent," sct. 1, Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975).
  • 15.
    It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.
    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).

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  • 16.
    The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). "Tradition and the Individual Talent," sect. 1, Egoist (London, September and December 1919).
  • 17.
    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.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). "Tradition and the Individual Talent," sct. 1, Egoist (London, Sept. and Dec. 1919).
  • 18.
    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. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-born—British poet, critic. "Choruses from 'The Rock'...."

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  • 19.
    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.
    T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). "Baudelaire," introduction, The Intimate Journals of Charles Baudelaire, trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930).

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