20 T.S. Eliot Quotes for Better Living and Creative Inspiration

Modernist poet T.S. Eliot — cat lover, former French teacher, past Faber & Faber director, and literary critic — died on this day in 1965. But he’s still a beacon for artists of all kinds, seeking life-affirming advice and the occasional oblique message to ponder, so here are a few inspiring quotes from the Nobel Prize-winning master scribe.

T.S. Eliot

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”

“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.”

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”

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.”