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T. S. Eliot

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T.S. ELIOT
Unquestionably, it was going to be highly dangerous. Yet I felt it was quite natural to jump at the ...
ELIOT NESS
We are all used to paying a sales tax when we buy things - almost 9 percent here in New York City. T...
ELIOT SPITZER
The Occupy movement needs an organizing principle, and - just as the Tea Party did - it needs some a...
ELIOT SPITZER
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
T.S. ELIOT
People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.
T.S. ELIOT
Donne, I suppose, was such another / Who found no substitute for sense. / To seize and clutch and pe...
T.S. ELIOT
People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest ne...
GEORGE ELIOT
Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the Shadow.
T.S. ELIOT
And I will show you something different from either your shadow at morning striding behind you or yo...
T.S. ELIOT
Ash on an old man's sleeve / Is all the ash the burnt roses leave, / Dust in the air suspended / Mar...
T.S. ELIOT
I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved; the realm of silence is large enough be...
GEORGE ELIOT
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and ...
T.S. ELIOT
A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understa...
GEORGE ELIOT
It's not wise to violate the rules until you know how to observe them.
T.S. ELIOT
Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance
T.S. ELIOT
Explain! Tell a man to explain how he dropped into hell! Explain my preference! I never had a pre...
GEORGE ELIOT
The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future o...
T.S. ELIOT
I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and m...
GEORGE ELIOT
Certainly the determining acts of her life were not ideally beautiful. They were the mixed result of...
GEORGE ELIOT
Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts—not to hu...
GEORGE ELIOT
That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into th...
GEORGE ELIOT
If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about u...
GEORGE ELIOT
Confound you handsome young fellows! You think of having it all your own way in the world. You don't...
GEORGE ELIOT
People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.
GEORGE ELIOT
For what is love itself, for the one we love best? - an enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet ar...
GEORGE ELIOT
Selfish— a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their own power of sacrifice.
GEORGE ELIOT
We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back...
GEORGE ELIOT
And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fair...
GEORGE ELIOT
It is never too late to become what you might have been
GEORGE ELIOT
State and local regulators are the officials with the closest contact with the regulated community, ...
ELIOT SPITZER
Frankly, it was never practicable for the AG's office to receive a vast sum of money and then try to...
ELIOT SPITZER
Fred dislikes the idea going into the ministry partly because he doesn't like "feeling obligated to ...
GEORGE ELIOT
She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their cleares...
GEORGE ELIOT