Authors - T. S. Eliot

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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

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Quote 484by Anonymous on 04/01/2011

Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least, not until the producers or the public tell you to.
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    Quote 664by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

    Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
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      Quote 914by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

      Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
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        Quote 919by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

        Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
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          Quote 1056by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

          An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
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            Quote 1449by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

            In the vain laughter of folly, wisdom hears half its applause.
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              Quote 2288by Anonymous on 27/01/2011

              When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.
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                Quote 2517by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
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                  Quote 2779by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                  Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
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                    Quote 3249by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                    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.
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                      Quote 3279by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                      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."
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                        Quote 3372by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                        Business today consists in persuading crowds.
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                          Quote 3453by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                          Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
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                            Quote 3820by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                            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.
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                              Quote 3862by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                              It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.
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                                Quote 4024by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                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.
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                                  Quote 4093by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                  For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
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                                    Quote 4399by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                    Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
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                                      Quote 4436by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                                      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.
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                                        Quote 4726by Anonymous on 26/02/2011

                                        If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?
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                                          Quote 4810by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                          The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
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                                            Quote 4931by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                                            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.
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                                              Quote 6382by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                              Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow
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                                                Quote 8215by Anonymous on 28/04/2012

                                                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.
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                                                  Quote 8865by Anonymous on 01/06/2012

                                                  There is no method but to be very intelligent.
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                                                    Quote 10859by Anonymous on 04/11/2012

                                                    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.
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                                                      Quote 12323by Anonymous on 26/03/2013

                                                      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.
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                                                        Quote 12448by Anonymous on 13/04/2013

                                                        Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
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                                                          Quote 13925by Anonymous on 19/09/2013

                                                          You are the music while the music lasts.
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