March 4, 2011

T.S. Eliot on Waiting

Flagged to me by E two days ago in a taxi while driving through Madrid, an excerpt of T.S. Eliot's second quartet, East Coker:

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought


Touching image of children waiting for hope in London (1940) after a Nazi raid

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