35 Inspirational T. S. Eliot Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational T. S. Eliot Quotes On Success

Thomas Stearns Eliot OM was an American-born British poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor. Considered one of the 20th century’s major poets, he is a central figure in English-language Modernist poetry. Eliot first attracted widespread attention for his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in 1915, which was received as a modernist masterpiece. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including “The Waste Land” (1922), “The Hollow Men” (1925), “Ash Wednesday” (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 and went on to settle, work and marry there. He became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39, subsequently renouncing his American citizenship. The Eliots were a Boston Brahmin family with roots in England and New England. Eliot’s paternal grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, had moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to establish a Unitarian Christian church there. His father, Henry Ware Eliot (1843–1919), was a successful businessman, president and treasurer of the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company in St Louis. His mother, Charlotte Champe Stearns (1843–1929), wrote poetry and was a social worker, a new profession in the early 20th century. Eliot was the last of six surviving children. Known to family and friends as Tom, he was the namesake of his maternal grandfather, Thomas Stearns. May these T. S. Eliot Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” T. S. Eliot

2. “The journey, Not the destination matters.” T. S. Eliot

3. “People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.” T. S. Eliot

4. “What is true, is true only for one time and only for one place.” T. S. Eliot

5. “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.” T. S. Eliot

6. “Turn things you’ve always wanted to do, into things you’ve done.” T. S. Eliot

7. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot

8. “Those who arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began.” T. S. Eliot

9. “Let’s not be narrow, nasty, and negative.” T. S. Eliot

10. “Finding a way to live the simple life is one of life’s supreme complications.” T. S. Eliot

11. “No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest- for it is a part of education to learn to interest ourselves in subjects for which we have no aptitude.” T. S. Eliot

12. “Between the desire And the spasm, Between the potency And the existence, Between the essence And the descent, Falls the Shadow.” T. S. Eliot

13. “All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance.” T. S. Eliot

14. “An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” T. S. Eliot

15. “We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.” T. S. Eliot

16. “Humor is also a way of saying something serious.” T. S. Eliot

17. “The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.” T. S. Eliot

18. “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.” T. S. Eliot

19. “If you do not push the boundaries, you will never know where they are.” T. S. Eliot

20. “The circle of our understanding is a very restricted area.” T. S. Eliot

21. “I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.” T. S. Eliot

22. Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.” T. S. Eliot

23. “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” T. S. Eliot

24. “Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.” T. S. Eliot

25. “Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.” T. S. Eliot

26. “Everyone gets the experience. Some get the lesson.” T. S. Eliot

27. “Where is the Life we lost in living?” T. S. Eliot

28. “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” T. S. Eliot

29. “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” T. S. Eliot

30. “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.” T. S. Eliot

31. “To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” T. S. Eliot

32. “If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks.” T. S. Eliot

33. “Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.” T. S. Eliot

34. “Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.” T. S. Eliot

35. “We had the experience but missed the meaning. And approach to the meaning restores the experience in a different form.” T. S. Eliot

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