T. S. Eliot

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Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), better known by his pen name T. S. Eliot, was an American-born British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He moved to England in 1914 at age 25, settling, working and marrying there. He was eventually naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39, renouncing his American citizenship. Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930) and Four Quartets (1945). He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948,... More

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T. S. Eliot #Age

Photo of 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 #Art

Photo of T. S. Eliot Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same.
T. S. Eliot #Business

Photo of T. S. Eliot Business today consists in persuading crowds.
T. S. Eliot #Death

Photo of T. S. Eliot I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.
T. S. Eliot #Experience

Photo of T. S. Eliot 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.
T. S. Eliot #Faith #Hope #Love

Photo of T. S. Eliot For love would be love of the wrong thing there is yet faith, But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
T. S. Eliot #Fear

Photo of T. S. Eliot I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
T. S. Eliot #Good #Time

Photo of T. S. Eliot 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.
T. S. Eliot #Graduation #Knowledge

Photo of T. S. Eliot Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
T. S. Eliot #Home

Photo of T. S. Eliot Home is where one starts from.
T. S. Eliot #Hope

Photo of T. S. Eliot I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.
T. S. Eliot #Intelligence

Photo of T. S. Eliot There is no method but to be very intelligent.
T. S. Eliot #Love

Photo of T. S. Eliot This love is silent.
T. S. Eliot #Music

Photo of T. S. Eliot You are the music while the music lasts.
T. S. Eliot #Poetry

Photo of T. S. Eliot Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T. S. Eliot #Poetry #Time

Photo of T. S. Eliot Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
T. S. Eliot #Politics #Religion

Photo of T. S. Eliot I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
T. S. Eliot #Religion

Photo of T. S. Eliot We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
T. S. Eliot #Respect

Photo of T. S. Eliot Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
T. S. Eliot #Time

Photo of 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 #Time

Photo of T. S. Eliot It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.
T. S. Eliot #Best

Photo of T. S. Eliot 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.
T. S. Eliot #Business #Poetry

Photo of T. S. Eliot 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.
T. S. Eliot #Communication

Photo of T. S. Eliot The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
T. S. Eliot #Knowledge

Photo of T. S. Eliot Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?