T.s. Eliot Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old T.s. Eliot quotes, T.s. Eliot sayings, and T.s. Eliot proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink. T.S. Eliot
It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the 'dear deceit' of beauty. T.S. Eliot
April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. T.S. Eliot
A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. T.S. Eliot
In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away. T.S. Eliot
The lot of man is ceaseless labor, Or ceaseless idleness, which is still harder. T.S. Eliot
April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. T.S. Eliot
In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. T.S. Eliot
Those who talk of the Bible as a 'monument of English prose' are merely admiring it as a monument over the grave of Christianity. T.S. Eliot
It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous. Resign yourself to be the fool you are…We must always take risks. That is our destiny... T.S. Eliot
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. T.S. Eliot
In the life of one man, never The same time returns. T.S. Eliot
The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason. T.S. Eliot
Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of toast and tea T.S. Eliot
Ash on an old man's sleeve / Is all the ash the burnt roses leave. T.S. Eliot
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things. T.S. Eliot
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. T.S. Eliot
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot
At the violet hour, when the eyes and back / Turn upward from the desk / when the human engine waits / like a taxi throbbing waiting. T.S. Eliot
Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions. T.S. Eliot
Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal. T.S. Eliot
I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids. Sprouting despondently at area gates. T.S. Eliot
Let us go then, you and I, / When the evening is spread out against the sky / Like a patient etherized upon a table. T.S. Eliot
When the short day is brightest, / with frost and fire, / The brief sun flames the ice, / on pond and ditches, / In windless cold that is the heart's heat. T.S. Eliot
At the violet hour, when the eyes and back / Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits / Like a taxi throbbing waiting. T.S. Eliot
The basis of drama is any form or rhythm imposed upon the world of action. T.S. Eliot
A people without history. / Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern / Of timeless moments. So while the light fails / On a winter's afternoon, in a secluded chapel / History is now and England. T.S. Eliot
The dripping blood our only drink, The bloody flesh our only food: In spite of which we like to think That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good. T.S. Eliot
April is the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain. T.S. Eliot
For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot