Zitat des Tages von T. S. Eliot:
The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.
O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.
Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
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.'
So the lover must struggle for words.
Business today consists in persuading crowds.
In my beginning is my end.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.
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.
Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
The Nobel is a ticket to one's own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.
Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.
My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.
It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought.
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
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.
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
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.
The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
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.
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
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.
There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.
All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.