T.S. Eliot Quotes

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T.S. Eliot Quotes

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.
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The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.

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This is one moment, / But know that another / Shall pierce you with a sudden painful joy.

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I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.

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The still point in a turning world.

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At the still point, there the dance is.

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The river is within us, the sea is all about us;

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Is it perfume from a dress
That makes me so digress?

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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.
So how should I presume?

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The end is just the beginning

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The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree are of equal duration.

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

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The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.

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When we read of human beings behaving in certain ways, with the approval of the author, who gives his benediction to this behavior by his attitude towards the result of the behavior arranged by himself, we can be influenced towards behaving in the same way.

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Human kind cannot bear much reality.

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I do not approve the extermination of the enemy; the policy of exterminating or, as it is barbarously said, liquidating enemies, is one of the most alarming developments of modern war and peace, from the point of view of those who desire the survival

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The rats are underneath the piles/ The Jew is underneath the lot.

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