T S Eliot Quotes & Wallpapers

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

It takes so many years to learn that one is dead. T S Eliot

Unreal friendship may turn to real But real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended T S Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

The work of creation is never without travail. T S Eliot

We took up our positions, in obedience to instructions. T S Eliot

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

One starts an action simply because one must do something. T S Eliot

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

I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is So remarkable a cat as My Cat. T S Eliot

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

I grow old... I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. T S Eliot

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

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

The rats are underneath the piles/ The Jew is underneath the lot. T S Eliot

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

I suspect that in our loathing of totalitarianism, there is infused a good deal of admiration for its efficiency. T S Eliot

It is worth dying to find out what life is. T S Eliot

My life is light, waiting for the death wind, Like a feather on the back of my hand. 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. T S Eliot

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

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

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

Those who arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began. T S Eliot

Writing every day is a way of keeping the engine running, and then something good may come out of it. T S Eliot

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

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

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

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

Our age is an age of moderate virtue And moderate vice T S Eliot

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

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

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

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

If you have' the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you. T S Eliot

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

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

Light Light The visible reminder of Invisible Light. T S Eliot

The circle of our understanding is a very restricted area. T S Eliot

Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment. T S Eliot

Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same. T S Eliot

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

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

Can we only love Something created in our own imaginations? T S Eliot

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

He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it T S Eliot

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. T S Eliot

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

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

War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted. T S Eliot

Gin and drugs, dear lady, gin and drugs. T S Eliot

I shall not want Honor in Heaven For I shall meet Sir Philip Sidney And have talk with Coriolanus And other heroes of that kidney. T S Eliot

It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good. T S Eliot

Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment. T S Eliot

Bad poets imitate, good poets steal. T S Eliot

The great ages did not contain the best talent, they wasted less. T S Eliot

In our rhythm of earthly life we tire of light. We are glad when the day ends, when the play ends; and ecstasy is too much pain. T S Eliot

It has frequently been said that we never desire what we think absolutely inapprehensible: it is however true that some of our sharpest agonies are those in which the object of desire is regarded as both possible and imaginary. 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

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

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

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

Probably, indeed, the larger part of the labor of an author composing his work is critical labor; the labor of sifting, combining, constructing, expunging, correcting, testing. This frightful toil is as much critical as creative. T S Eliot

Every end is a beginning...And every beginning is an end. T S Eliot

Sister, mother And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea, Suffer me not to be separated And let my cry come unto Thee. T S Eliot

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



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