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The Best T. S. Eliot Quotes

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A list of the best T. S. Eliot quotes. This list is arranged by which famous T. S. Eliot quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest T. S. Eliot quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from T. S. Eliot should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable T. S. Eliot quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    114
    13

    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.

  • 2
    105
    13

    It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.

  • 3
    59
    8

    For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

  • 4
    64
    12

    Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.

  • 5
    75
    23

    The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.

  • 6
    61
    12

    Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion…

  • 7
    53
    10

    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.

  • 8
    76
    30

    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

  • 9
    53
    10

    Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.

  • 10
    47
    6

    April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.

  • 11
    47
    10

    Time past and time future what might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present.

  • 12
    45
    9

    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

  • 13
    31
    2

    Hell is oneself, hell is alone, the other figures in it merely projections. There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to. One is always alone.

  • 14
    31
    4

    The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

  • 15
    46
    19
  • 16
    43
    16

    This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

  • 17
    38
    14

    Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.

  • 18
    39
    17

    Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.

  • 19
    26
    4

    Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.

  • 20
    24
    2

    It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.

  • 21
    32
    10

    If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.

  • 22
    32
    10

    I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

  • 23
    26
    8

    Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.

  • 24
    22
    4

    The awful daring of a moment's surrender which an age of prudence can never retract.

  • 25
    21
    4

    The young feel tired at the end of an action, the old at the beginning.