T. S. Eliot
(1888-1965) American-born English Poet, Critic, Playwright
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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
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.
In the small circle of pain within the skull You still shall tramp and tread one endless round Of thought, to justify your action to yourselves, Weaving a fiction which unravels as you weave, Pacing forever in the hell of make-believe Which never is belief: this is your fate on earth And we must think no further of you.
It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.
It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, So the lover must struggle for words.
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
There's no vocabulary For love within a family, love that's lived in But not looked at, love within the light of which All else is seen, the love within which All other love finds speech. This love is silent.