Quote for the Week
We must believe that ’emotion recollected in tranquility’ is an inexact formula. For it is neither emotion, nor recollection, nor without distortion of meaning, tranquility. It is a concentration, and a new thing resulting from the concentration of a very great number of experiences which to the practical and active person would not seem to be experiences at all; it is a concentration which does not happen consciously or of deliberation. These experiences are not ‘recollected’ and they finally unite in an atmosphere which is tranquil only in that it is a passive attending upon the event.
–T.S. Eliot, in Reading Prose: An Introduction to Critical Study, (1952), p.505; courtesy of Wikiquote