"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."T. S. Eliot on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."T. S. Eliot on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."T. S. Eliot on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."T. S. Eliot on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."T. S. Eliot on Mark Twain
"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."
"Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same."
"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."
"Business today consists in persuading crowds."
"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."