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26 September 2013 @ 09:07 am
T.S. Eliot's Gloomy but Apt Life Advice  

From Garrison Keillor's amazing The Writer's Almanac (everyone should subscribe!):

In his 1948 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in literature, T.S. Eliot said: "Partly through his influence on other poets, partly through translation ... partly through readers of his language who are not themselves poets, the poet can contribute toward understanding between peoples ... I stand before you, not on my own merits, but as a symbol, for a time, of the significance of poetry."

And he said: "The one thing you can do is to do nothing. Wait ... You will find that you survive humiliation and that's an experience of incalculable value."