T.S. Eliot Quotations

T.S. Eliot

All cases are unique and very similar to others.

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm
-- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.

If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms life offers you.

It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. (about television)

It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us to escape, not from our own time -- for we are bound by that -- but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.

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

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

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

Success is relative: It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility: Humility is endless.

War is not a life -- it is a situation. One which may neither be ignored nor accepted.

We must never cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?