T. S. Eliot Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old t. s. eliot quotes, t. s. eliot sayings, and t. s. eliot proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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The journey not the arrival matters.     

T. S. Eliot

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.     

T. S. Eliot

Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.     

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

T. S. Eliot

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..     

T. S. Eliot

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.     

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

Our emotions are only incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.     

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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 [that they cause] 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.     

T. S. Eliot

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

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You are the music while the music lasts.     

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.     

T. S. Eliot

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.     

T. S. Eliot

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.     

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

T. S. Eliot

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.     

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.     

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.     

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

Philosophy: a purple bullfinch in a lilac tree.     

T. S. Eliot

And the lost heart stiffens and rejoices in the lost lilac and the lost sea voices and the weak spirit quickens to rebel for the bent golden-rod and the lost sea smell quickens to recover.     

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Either everything in man can be traced as a development from below, or something must come from above. There is no avoiding that dilemma: you must be either a naturalist or a supernaturalist.     

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.     

T. S. Eliot

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

T. S. Eliot

There is no absolute point of view from which real and ideal can be finally separated and labelled.      

T. S. Eliot