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T. S. Eliot

1888-1965. Thomas Stearns Eliot. American-English poet, playwright, literary critic, and editor, a leader of the modernist movement.

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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.

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

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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 we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.

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

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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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So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.

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Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.

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

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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.

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And what the dead had no speech for, when living, they can tell you, being dead: the communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

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