Time present and time past
are both perhaps present in time future,
and time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present,
all time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
remaining a perpetual possibility
only in a world of speculation.
— T. S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”. (via apatchworkapocalypse)
Those who object to the ‘artificiality’ of Milton or Dryden sometimes tell us to ‘look into our hearts and write’. But that is not looking deep enough; Racine or Donne looked into a good deal more than the heart. One must look into the cerebral cortex, the nervous system, and the digestive tracts.
— T.S. Eliot, “The Metaphysical Poets” (via watchoutchadbites)