T S Eliot Quotes & Wallpapers

T S Eliot
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My life is light, waiting for the death wind, Like a feather on the back of my hand. T S Eliot
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It is worth dying to find out what life is. T S Eliot
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Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground. T S Eliot
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It takes so many years to learn that one is dead. T S Eliot
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One starts an action simply because one must do something. T S Eliot
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Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope I no longer strive to strive towards such things (Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?) Why should I mourn The vanished power of the usual reign? T S Eliot
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The rats are underneath the piles/ The Jew is underneath the lot. T S Eliot
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Maturing as a poet means maturing as the whole man, experiencing new emotions appropriate to one's age, and with the same intensity as the emotions of youth. T S Eliot
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I suspect that in our loathing of totalitarianism, there is infused a good deal of admiration for its efficiency. T S Eliot
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The nightingales are singing near The Convent of the Sacred Heart, And sang within the bloody wood When Agamemnon cried aloud, And let their liquid siftings fall To stain the stiff dishonored shroud. T S Eliot
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After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions Guides us by vanities. T S Eliot
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We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. T S Eliot
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A good deal of confusion could be avoided, if we refrained from setting before the group, what can be the aim only of the individual; and before society as a whole, what can be the aim only of the group. T S Eliot
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I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is So remarkable a cat as My Cat. T S Eliot
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He is haunted by a demon, a demon against which he feels powerless, because in its first manifestation it has no face, no name, nothing; and the words, the poem he makes, are a kind of exorcism of this demon. T S Eliot
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And all shall be well and/ All manner of thing shall be well/ By the purification of the motive/ In the ground of our beseeching T S Eliot
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Before a Cat will condescend To treat you as a trusted friend, Some little token of esteem Is needed, like a dish of cream; And you might now and then supply Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie, Some potted grouse, or salmon paste - He's sure to have his personal taste. (I know a Cat, who makes a habit Of eating nothing else but rabbit, And when he's finished, licks his paws So's not to waste the onion sauce.) A Cat's entitled to expect These evidences of respect. And so in time you reach your aim, And finally call him by his name. T S Eliot
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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
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Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure. T S Eliot
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The work of creation is never without travail. T S Eliot
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Light Light The visible reminder of Invisible Light. T S Eliot
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And would it have been worth it, after all, Would it have been worth while, After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets, After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor - And this, and so much more? - T S Eliot
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I must tell you that I should really like to think there's something wrong with me- Because, if there isn't, then there's something wrong with the world itself-and that's much more frightening! That would be terrible. So I'd rather believe there is something wrong with me, that could be put right. T S Eliot
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Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment. T S Eliot
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Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same. T S Eliot
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The circle of our understanding is a very restricted area. T S Eliot
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Dayodhuam: I have heard the key Turn in the door once and turn once only We think of the key, each in his prison Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison. T S Eliot
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When the gods know that a god hath fallen, With this kindly feeling They do encourage him- Be thou a god again and again. T S Eliot
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A good half of the effort of understanding what the Indian philosophers were after - and their subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys. T S Eliot
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We took up our positions, in obedience to instructions. T S Eliot
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Why should men love the Church? Why should they love her laws? She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget. T S Eliot
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Let these words answer For what is done, not to be done again May the judgement not be too heavy upon us T S Eliot
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The world turns and the world changes, But one thing does not change. In all of my years, one thing does not change, However you disguise it, this thing does not change: The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil. T S Eliot
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Our age is an age of moderate virtue And moderate vice T S Eliot
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I see more than this, more than I can tell you, More than there are words for. At this moment there is no decision to be made; The decision will be made by powers beyond us Which now and then emerge. T S Eliot
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He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair: For when they reach the scene of crime - Macavity's not there! T S Eliot
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You now have learned enough to see That Cats are much like you and me And other people whom we find Possessed of various types of mind. For some are sane and some are mad And some are good and some are bad And some are better, some are worse - But all may be described in verse. T S Eliot
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You will change your mind, but you are not free. Your moment of freedom was yesterday. You made a decision. You set in motion Forces in your life and in the lives of others Which cannot be reversed. T S Eliot
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It is not necessarily those lands which are the most fertile or most favoured in climate that seem to me the happiest, but those in which a long struggle of adaptation between man and his environment has brought out the best qualities of both. T S Eliot
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There's no vocabulary For love within a family, love that's lived in But not looked at, love within the light of which All else is seen, the love within which All other love finds speech. This love is silent. T S Eliot
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Those who arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began. T S Eliot
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Writing every day is a way of keeping the engine running, and then something good may come out of it. T S Eliot
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I grow old... I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. T S Eliot
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With Cats, some say, one rule is true: Do' speak till you are spoken to. Myself, I do not hold with that - I say, you should ad-dress a Cat. But always keep in mind that he Resents familiarity. I bow, and taking off my hat, Ad-dress him in this form: O Cat! But if he is the Cat next door, Whom I have often met before (He comes to see me in my flat) I greet him with an oopsa Cat! I think I've heard them call him James - But we've not got so far as names. T S Eliot
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If you have' the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you. T S Eliot
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The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always asked to do things, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down. T S Eliot
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Unreal friendship may turn to real But real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended T S Eliot
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If you want it you must obtain it by great labor. T S Eliot
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Honest criticism and sensible appreciation are directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry. T S Eliot
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I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God. . . . So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. T S Eliot
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Can we only love Something created in our own imaginations? T S Eliot
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Desire itself is movement Not in itself desirable; Love is itself unmoving, Only the cause and end of movement, Timeless, and undesiring Except in the aspect of time Caught in the form of limitation Between un-being and being. T S Eliot
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He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it T S Eliot
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Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. T S Eliot
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The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn't just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names... T S Eliot
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When a Cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it until the wind changes. T S Eliot
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War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted. T S Eliot
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Gin and drugs, dear lady, gin and drugs. T S Eliot
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The wounded surgeon plies the steel That questions the distempered part; Beneath the bleeding hands we feel The sharp compassion of the healer's art Resolving the enigma of the fever chart. T S Eliot
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To country people Cows are mild, And flee from any stick they throw; But I'm a timid town bred child, And all the cattle seem to know. T S Eliot
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The river itself has no beginning or end. In its beginning, it is not yet the river; in the end it is no longer the river. What we call the headwaters is only a selection from among the innumerable sources which flow together to compose it. At what point in its course does the Mississippi become what the Mississippi means? T S Eliot
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Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?'/Let us go and make our visit. T S Eliot
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In my beginning is my end. In succession Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended, Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass. Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires, Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earth Which is already flesh, fur and faeces, Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf. T S Eliot
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The eastern light our spires touch at morning, The light that slants upon our western doors at evening, The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight, Moon light and star light, owl and moth light, Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade. O Light Invisible, we worship Thee! T S Eliot
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I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling. T S Eliot
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Envy is everywhere. Who is without envy? And most people Are unaware or unashamed of being envious. T S Eliot
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You must not on any account give me credit for being penetrating. I have impressed people that way before, and the result is always disaster. T S Eliot
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At the violet hour, when the eyes and back Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits Like a taxi throbbing waiting I Tiresias, though blind, throbbing between two lives. T S Eliot
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For he will do As he do do And there's no doing anything about it! T S Eliot
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Because I know that time is always time and place is always place and only place. And what is actual is actual only for one time. And only for one place. I rejoice that things are as they are. T S Eliot
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