Quote for the Week

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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

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