Monday, September 21, 2015
September Quotables: T.S. Eliot
Welcome to the series September Quotables. As I recover from having a baby, I'm going to be posting some of my favorite quotes here on the ol blog. Nothing fancy... although I like fancy... Just some good quotes as a series while I recover and take my sweet time in the postpartum department.
today may you enjoy these lines from Burnt Norton, by T.S. Eliot.
Here is a place of disaffection
Time before and time after
In a dim light: neither daylight
Investing form with lucid stillness
Turning shadow into transient beauty
Wtih slow rotation suggesting permanence
Nor darkness to purify the soul
Emptying the sensual with deprivation
Cleansing affection from the temporal.
Neither plentitude nor vacancy. Only a flicker
Over the strained time-ridden faces
Distracted from distraction by distraction
Filled with fancies and empty of meaning
Tumid apathy with no concentration
Men and bits of paper, whirled by the cold wind
That blows before and after time,
Wind in and out of unwholesome lungs
Time before and time after.
Eructation of unhealthy souls
Into the faded air, the torpid
Driven on the wind that sweeps the gloomy hills of London,
Hampstead and Clerkenwell, Campden and Putney,
Highgate, Primrose and Ludgate. Not here
Not here the darkness, in this twittering world.
-T.S. Eliot, from the poem, Burnt Norton from Four Quartets
I liked this quote because...
Eliot is one of my favorite authors and poets.
Also, he used the word "twittering" a hundred years before Twitter was invented.