"Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."T. S. Eliot on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."T. S. Eliot on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."T. S. Eliot on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."T. S. Eliot on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."T. S. Eliot on Abraham Lincoln
"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."