T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement.

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

The journey, not the arrival, matters.

So the darkness shall be the light and the stillness the dancing.

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

Home is where one starts from.

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.

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.

Some editors are failed writers but so are most writers.

The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours.

For love would be love of the wrong thing, there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.

Poetry should help not only to refine the language of the time but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

Let's not be narrow nasty and negative.

So the lover must struggle for words.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

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.

Wait without thought for you are not ready for thought.

My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.

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.

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

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