T. S. Eliot (Writer)

#13461 T. S. Eliot

I am moved by fancies that are curled Around these images, and cling: The notion of some infinitely gentle Infinitely suffering thing. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about suffering
#13462 T. S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about good
#13463 T. S. Eliot

Mr. , who is perhaps one of those people who have to perpetrate thirty bad novels before producing a good one, has a certain natural — but little developed — aptitude for seriousness. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about people
#13464 T. S. Eliot

A dangerous person to disagree with. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about anger
#13465 T. S. Eliot

It is a test (a positive test, I do not assert that it is always valid negatively), that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about poetry
#13466 T. S. Eliot

I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is So remarkable a cat as My Cat. My Cat is a Lilliecat Hubvously. What a lilliecat it is. There never was such a Lilliecat. Its Name is JELLYORUM and its one Idea is to be Usefull!! .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about believe
#13467 T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot Quotes about will
#13468 T. S. Eliot

It is self-evident that St. Louis affected me more deeply than any other environment has ever done. I feel that there is something in having passed one's childhood beside the big river, which is incommunicable to those people who have not. I consider myself fortunate to have been born here, rather than in Boston, or New York, or London. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about people
#13469 T. S. Eliot

It is certain that a book is not harmless merely because no one is consciously offended by it. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about book
#13470 T. S. Eliot

No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job....Poetry..remains one person talking to another....no poet can write a poem of amplitude unless he is the master of the prosaic. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about poem
#13471 T. S. Eliot

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about you
#13472 T. S. Eliot

The majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith; and when the ordinary man calls himself a sceptic or an unbeliever, that is ordinarily a simple pose, cloaking a disinclination to think anything out to a conclusion. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about faith
#13473 T. S. Eliot

Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about you
#13474 T. S. Eliot

In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about women
#13475 T. S. Eliot

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create, And time for all the works and days of hands, That lift and drop a question on your plate;Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about time
#13476 T. S. Eliot

Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. For I have known them all already, known them all: — Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall Beneath the music from a farther room. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about life
#13477 T. S. Eliot

So how should I presume? .

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#13478 T. S. Eliot

And I have known the eyes already, known them all — The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall, Then how should I begin To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways? .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about you
#13479 T. S. Eliot

And how should I presume? .

T. S. Eliot
#13480 T. S. Eliot

And I have known the arms already, known them all — Arms that are braceleted and white and bare [But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!] It is perfume from a dress That makes me so digress? Arms that lie along a table, or wrap about a shawl. And should I then presume? .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about light
#13481 T. S. Eliot

And how should I begin? .

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#13482 T. S. Eliot

I should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of silent seas. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about law
#13483 T. S. Eliot

I am no prophet — and here's no great matter; I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, And in short, I was afraid. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about men
#13484 T. S. Eliot

It is impossible to say just what I mean! But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen: Would it have been worth while If one, settling a Pillow or throwing off a shawl, And turning toward the window, should say: "That is not it at all, That is not what I meant, at all." .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about war
#13485 T. S. Eliot

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do To swell a progress, start a scene or two, Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool, Deferential, glad to be of use, Politic, cautious, and meticulous; Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; At times, indeed, almost ridiculous — Almost, at times, the Fool. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about time
#13486 T. S. Eliot

I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me. I have seen them riding seaward on the waves Combing the white hair of the waves blown back When the wind blows the water white and black.We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about war
#13487 T. S. Eliot

Later republished in The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism (1922) .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about poetry
#13488 T. S. Eliot

We dwell with satisfaction upon the poet's difference from his predecessors, especially his immediate predecessors; we endeavour to find something that can be isolated in order to be enjoyed. Whereas if we approach a poet without this prejudice we shall often find that not only the best, but the most individual parts of his work may be those in which the dead poets, his ancestors, assert their immortality most vigorously. And I do not mean the impressionable period of adolescence, but the period of full maturity. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about art
#13489 T. S. Eliot

Yet if the only form of tradition, of handing down, consisted in following the ways of the immediate generation before us in a blind or timid adherence to its successes, "tradition" should positively be discouraged. We have seen many such simple currents soon lost in the sand; and novelty is better than repetition. Tradition is a matter of much wider significance. It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labour. It involves, in the first place, the historical sense, which we may call nearly indispensable to anyone who would continue to be a poet beyond his twenty-fifth year... .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about success
#13490 T. S. Eliot

The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence; the historical sense compels a man to write not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of the literature of Europe fromand within it the whole of the literature of his own country has a simultaneous existence and composes a simultaneous order. This historical sense, which is a sense of the timeless as well as of the temporal and of the timeless and of the temporal together, is what makes a writer traditional. And it is at the same time what makes a writer most acutely conscious of his place in time, of his contemporaneity. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about time
#13491 T. S. Eliot

No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists. You cannot value him alone; you must set him, for contrast and comparison, among the dead. I mean this as a principle of .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about art
#13492 T. S. Eliot

What happens when a new work of art is created, is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it. The existing monuments form an ideal order among themselves, which is modified by the introduction of the new (the really new) work of art among them. The existing order is complete before the new work arrives; for order to persist after the supervention of novelty, the whole existing order must be, if ever so slightly, altered; and so the relations, proportions, values of each work of art toward the whole are readjusted; and this is conformity between the old and the new. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about war
#13493 T. S. Eliot

Whoever has approved this idea of order, of the form of European, of English literature, will not find it preposterous that the past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past. And the poet who is aware of this will be aware of great difficulties and responsibilities. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about war
#13494 T. S. Eliot

Some one said: "The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did." Precisely, and they are that which we know. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about writers
#13495 T. S. Eliot

It is not the "greatness," the intensity, of the emotions, the components, but the intensity of the artistic process, the pressure, so to speak, under which the fusion takes place, that counts. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about art
#13496 T. S. Eliot

The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious. Both errors tend to make him "personal." 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 Quotes about emotions
#13497 T. S. Eliot

Here I am, an old man in a dry month, Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about man
#13498 T. S. Eliot

Signs are taken for wonders. “We would see a sign!” The word within a word, unable to speak a word, Swaddled with darkness. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about darkness
#13499 T. S. Eliot

Weave the wind. I have no ghosts, An old man in a draughty house Under a windy knob. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about man
#13500 T. S. Eliot

After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities. Think now She gives when our attention is distracted And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions That the giving famishes the craving. Gives too late What's not believed in, or if still believed, In memory only, reconsidered passion. Gives too soon Into weak hands, what's thought can be dispensed with Till the refusal propagates a fear. Think Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes. These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about knowledge
#13501 T. S. Eliot

The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours. Think at last We have not reached conclusion, when I Stiffen in a rented house. Think at last I have not made this show purposelessly And it is not by any concitation Of the backward devils. I would meet you upon this honestly. I that was near your heart was removed therefrom To lose beauty in terror, terror in inquisition. I have lost my passion: why should I need to keep it Since what is kept must be adulterated? .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about war
#13502 T. S. Eliot

so the countess passed on until she came through the little park, where Niobe presented her with a cabinet, and so departed. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about art
#13503 T. S. Eliot

The broad-backed hippopotamus Rests on his belly in the mud; Although he seems so firm to us He is merely flesh and blood. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about blood
#13504 T. S. Eliot

Webster was much possessed by death And saw the skull beneath the skin .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about death
#13505 T. S. Eliot

Grishkin is nice: her Russian eye is underlined for emphasis; Uncorseted, her friendly bust Gives promise of pneumatic bliss. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about friend
#13506 T. S. Eliot

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about desire
#13507 T. S. Eliot

There is shadow under this red rock (Come in under the shadow of this red rock), And I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;I will show you fear in a handful of dust. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about fear
#13508 T. S. Eliot

I was neither Living nor dead, and I knew nothing, Looking into the heart of light, the silence. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about art
#13509 T. S. Eliot

Unreal city, Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many. .

T. S. Eliot Quotes about death
#13510 T. S. Eliot

O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag— It's so elegant So intelligent .

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