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"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." -
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Top 5 quotes from T.S. Eliot
"For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business."
"Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature."
"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."
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
"In the vain laughter of folly, wisdom hears half its applause."
Top 5 quotes from Poetry
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."
"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."
"To be a poet is a condition, not a profession."
"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."
"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."
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