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 :: 1888-1965, American-born British Poet, Critic

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I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Fear]

 

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If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Power]

 

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In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Indecision]

 

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In my beginning is my end.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Beginning]

 

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In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Culture]

 

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It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Tradition]

 

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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.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Television]

 

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It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry --That is a life.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Rebellion]

 

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Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Freedom]

 

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Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Love]

 

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Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Pride]

 

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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.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Babies]

 

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No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be: am an attendant lord, one that will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two, advise the prince.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Futility]

 

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Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Past]

 

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Risk]

 

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Our emotions are only ''incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Emotions]

 

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People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Influence]

 

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So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
~ T. S. Eliot - [Evil]

 

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