Thomas Stearns Eliot (September 26, 1888 - January 4, 1965) was a publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century." Although he was born an American, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39. - Wikipedia
Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least, not until the producers or the public tell you to.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
In the vain laughter of folly, wisdom hears half its applause.
When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
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 desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."
Business today consists in persuading crowds.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
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.
It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
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.
If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
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.
Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow
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.
There is no method but to be very intelligent.
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
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.
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
You are the music while the music lasts.