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

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.


It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.


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


April is the cruellest month.


Where there is no temple there shall be no homes.


People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.


Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.


I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.


And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.


My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.


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


This love is silent.


There is no method but to be very intelligent.


Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.


If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?


The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.


As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.


A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.


In my beginning is my end.


Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.


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