Wednesday, May 11, 2011
t. s. eliot
"When the Christian faith is not only felt, but thought, it has practical results which may be inconvenient."
"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? It is for lack of wisdom, not lack of information, that the people perish."
"Disillusion can become itself an illusion If we rest in it."
"Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen."
"It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous.
Resign yourself to be the fool you are.
You will find that you survive humiliation
And that's an experience of incalculable value."
"What is hell? Hell is oneself.
Hell is alone, the other figures in it
Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from
And nothing to escape to. One is always alone."
"Half 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.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves."
"Humankind cannot bear very much reality."
"The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason."
"The church shall be open, even to our enemies.
We are not here to triumph by fighting, by stratagem, or by resistance,
Not to fight with beasts as men.
We have fought the beast
And have conquered. We have only to conquer
Now, by suffering. This is the easier victory."