Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot who was born on this day in 1888.
He also said:
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.
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
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.
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.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
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 who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
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.