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T. S. Eliot
September 26, 1888 - January 4, 1965
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords.


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.


The Nobel is a ticket to one's own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.


The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.


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


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


Home is where one starts from.


There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.


O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.


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.


This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.


Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.


Half of 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.


I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.


The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.


A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.


You are the music while the music lasts.


It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.


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


I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


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