Monday, March 10, 2014

What does this quote mean to you?


T.S. Eliot was a genius. I could read the things he wrote all day long. This may be my all-time favorite quote of his. I have been re-reading this quote again and again and I am fascinated by it.

As many of you know, I send out a "Thought of the Day" quote via my email. The above quote was the one I sent out today. Many of you subscribe, but since I have had a few new followers over the past year I thought I would open the invitation again. If you would like to subscribe, email me at keith_wynn@hotmail.com and I will add you to the recipient list!

I am curious, dear readers, what does the T.S. Eliot quote above mean to you?? What's your interpretation?

82 comments:

  1. It says to me that we'll set out to discover the world and understand it, only to come back to realize we first need to understand ourselves.

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  2. That's a pretty cool quote. I'm mostly in agreement with Alex on this one. We can go out and discover the world, and come back to truly understand the world we left.

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  3. It is a quote that requires many reads, and I like it.

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  4. You can seek to find out who you really are but in the end you already knew.

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  5. I take it as you need to know you before you can go out and know others ... off to get added to your list!!!

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  6. smiles...we always can find new in any place....arriving or the thought of arriving is scary to me...i never want to arrive as much as rediscover along the way

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  7. I feel that it means although we thought we learned all we could from where we are, we need to keep learning from where we were.

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  8. Search out and explore but always take the time to reflect and enjoy your shore.

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  9. To me, it means that we are born with everything we need and are pure and innocent. As we grow, things happen to alter how we feel about ourselves. As we explore the world, we learn what we came into the world knowing but forgot.

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  10. I think it means that to be truly present in the moment is the secret to living a happy life. If you find that at the end of your life you experience everything as though for the first time, you have attained a kind of wisdom.

    It also occurs to me that every moment is different. You never bring the same thoughts, experiences and point of view to a place. The person you were 20 years ago differs from the person you are at the end of your life. So you will indeed see it for the first time. It will be new to you because you will see it differently.

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  11. I also believe it means in our explorations, the most important place to explore is within.

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  12. That's a nice quote by Eliot. I think it was used, too, at the end of the movie, The Magus (one of my favorite movies of the 60s.) I like Eliot's poetry, too.

    To me, the quote suggests that we don't know ourselves until we have gained some distance from where we started, and that we keep returning to the starting point as a point of reference, but changed, since each new understanding gives us a different perspective.

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  13. I think it means that exploring and reaching for new horizons enables us to know and understand ourselves better.

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  14. I agree with Alex's interpretation. Eliot had so much wisdom. I just used one of his quotes in my art journaling this weekend.

    Have a nice day. :)

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  15. Always keep exploring. Travel, create, and try new things. Discover that child within. We often forget about that child. We force ourselves to grow up, and forget to have fun and love life. Someday you will find yourself understanding your parents thoughts that they had when you were born. Things will be easier to understand then.

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  16. I was taking it literally but only to discover the deeper meaning from the comments!

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  17. Life goes full circle. We always find a way back to our roots somehow.

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  18. We live in a circular manner, starting with little understanding and re-arriving with a bit more, leading us to set off to learn more.

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  19. We do spend a great deal of our lives exploring and end up where we began. It's like your life is mapped out from the start to the finish, but your perspective changes as you explore. I know mine has.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  20. The more we explore and open our minds, the more we understand and the more DEEPLY we understand who are and where we started.

    Good to be back, Keith!

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  21. We are constantly learning and revising, but we always come back to ourselves, but not in a cyclic or circular way. I think it's a spiral. You come back to a place where you once were, but fully understand it because of what you learned about yourself. Great quote!

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  22. Some people never explore ~ they don't feel the need. A restless soul always seeks …. so the exploration never ends for some of us ~ not until I draw my last breath will I stop …

    His saying that exploration shall not cease but then says we will end up at the end to realize that it's all just a trip.

    Life … as we used to say in the Sixties … is a trip.

    Eliot also says ….

    'What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."

    He was an interesting fellow…

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  23. Didn't jean luc Picard say something similar?

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  24. At the end, after we have been lost and confused, we begin to realize the importance of the familiar, how all the parts of us fit together.

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  25. I think much in our lives is circular but sometimes coming around to our origin can be a journey so long we forget just where we started thus when we get there it seems like a whole new place.

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  26. After a thorough exploration, when we arrive back we we started, we will realize that once was not nearly enough - - and we will be anxious to start again.

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  27. I'd hate think to go back to the place where I started ...

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  28. I think if you explore something, you can see new things. And even though you've already seen it or experienced it, it's like seeing it anew.

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  29. To me it means that you've been exploring elsewhere so much that once you get back to yourself you realize there's still space to explore within. If that makes sense.

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  30. I think it means, in short, every moment is a new one.

    Thanks, Keith.

    Have a great week.

    xoRobyn

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  31. I think it means we are exactly where we should be, all of us.

    Thank you for your quotes of the day, I enjoy them!!!

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  32. I think that people have this in her rent need to understand themselves and the people around them as well as the circumstances affecting them. We explore because we have to know more and all these things we find relate somehow to the way we view the world. I think I come back to myself after I've found out what I needed or grew how I was supposed to just to explore myself all over again.

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  33. Interesting quote! At first glance I think it speaks of how we often come full circle on an issue or belief. Good food for thought for the week!

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  34. There is nothing new under the sun.

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  35. I'm kind of one of those in Alex's fan club but a lot of your readers made some really good points. Sorry I am not original on this.

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  36. As we keep exploring and learning, depending where we are in our lives, our understanding of the world unfolds to reveal new truths every day. I dunno...can't get my brain in gear today.

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  37. I think it means that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence and that we should not go searching for something we already have.

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  38. To me it means that after you have explored and returned home from it, home looks completely different to us.

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  39. I think it means that we often can't see what's right in front of our noses until we've left it alone for a while.

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  40. To me it means that no matter how far we go searching, we will end up back where we started and maybe see it for the first time...

    It's a deep thought and a great one to ponder Keith :)

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  41. I think it means as we explore we find new things. Maybe new things we did not see the first time around..It is a great quote. Enjoy your week!

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  42. Wow, great quote for us to ponder, and reading everyone's views on it has just about worn me out! I remember reading a quote similar to this, too, because I liked it so much I posted it on my blog...somewhere! I always end my posts with a quote, so if I go back and keep looking, I'll eventually find it. :)
    To me, this quote means that to search all over the world looking for happiness, or for a meaning to life....will eventually bring you back home and you'll see things much differently than before.

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  43. What goes around, comes around? Don't know, takes a lot of thought power to work that one out.

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  44. Beautiful quote; I think that this quote can mean so many different things to different people depending on what they believe about life. Personally, I think that it means at the end of our days, when our souls leave our mortal bodies (death), we will arrive in a new world. We will spend our days on this Earth exploring and learning, but death is inevitable for every human. The new world will look very similar to the Earth we live in now, and when we arrive we will be filled with ample knowledge that we did not understand in our lives before. We will truly know the place for the first time because a higher Power, which I believe to be God, will give us the answers to all the questions that we asked on this Earth. It's a sort of completeness, which we all long for.
    We will explore and explore this Earth,
    and learn and grow,
    and when it is all over
    we will arrive all over again,
    in a new form, in a new body,
    knowing all the answers to life
    that we couldn't quite figure out before.
    And we will be filled with infinite knowledge;
    truly knowing the answers for the first time.

    (I found trouble describing my thoughts so I decided to put them in poetry)

    All in all, a inspiring quote that is truly though provoking. Thanks for sharing it.

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  45. T.S. Eliot has got me going around in circles. Maybe that's what he wanted me to do.

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  46. No matter how many times you've been there, the next time you go there is always something new to discover. Like the ranch. You explore all the cool rock out croppings and next time I go, there is always a new something to ohhhh and ahhhhh about.
    I would love to be on your quote a day.
    cameronharder@ymail.com
    Cheri

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  47. Lovely quote ~ For me it means rediscovering and seeing things with "new" eyes ~ Even familiar places or thoughts become new & exciting if we change the lens or angle a bit ~ Happy week Keith ~

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  48. I've had such a long day and could say more than I have energy to write but I do love this quote. In fact, I think you would enjoy Eliot's The Four Quartets.

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  49. When I read this quote my heart says it is the journey to self discovery taking you full circle in the wonders of life, death and everything in between.

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  50. Now that is an interesting quote. I've been thinking about it and coming back to it for a little bit now and I have to say, it's meaning something just slightly different each time.

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  51. I don't know what to say on the quote

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  52. Everything comes full circle?

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  53. I left Nova Scotia so long ago, but I never really understood how special it was until I had seen the world. Now it calls me home! Talk about full circle! Love the TS Elliot quote!

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  54. I think it means that we can search and explore all we want, but will never be truly happy if we can't learn to appreciate what we have. I think it is sort of another form of this quote: "Cherish the little things, for one day you will realize they were the big things."

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  55. For me it means that when you have explored all your possibilities, all the way and all your avenues....and when you come back to wear you began, you will be so transformed as to look at life in a different way.

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  56. That's a great quote to think about. I don't have an interpretation... at least not yet. In my experience, T.S. Eliot is someone whose words you need to take time with. :)

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  57. We are always mortal humans breathing in this moment. It is only after a lifetime of knowing and experiencing everything of life that we understand and inhabit this moment with self knowledge. This is actualization: to live & grow in understanding and love up till the end.



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    =^..^= <3

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  58. When we were young...both as individuals and as a species...we would look at a tree and see......a tree.
    As we grew older we thought: " tree rings, cambrium, deciduous.." We knew more but we SAW less.
    Growing even older and, perhaps, a little wiser we again see a tree....and all which makes it a tree.

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  59. I have had to study Eliot as a part of my college curriculum and if it wasn't for my teacher's extraordinary teaching skills, I would have practically hated Eliot (because I would be completely unable to understand his works in their entirety). Now, I am back to Eliot, studying his best known work 'The Waste Land'.

    The guy is a genuis. His words and images deliver every message so powerfully that it carves itself on your consciousness. Just like this quote. We all agree that life is mostly about growing and branching out and discovering new things/people/experiences. But then, during such a journey, it is quite probable that you would (re)discover and understand your beginnings in a new light.

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  60. A person will look for the meaning of life, will look for love only to realize life is when you start expanding your love beyond the obvious

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  61. Hi Keith,
    Yes T.S.Elliot is profound. Reminds me a bit of a quote by Pablo Picasso:
    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

    I think that Elliot draws to attention what we learn as life goes along... that we are a child of the universe, a piece of a whole.

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  62. See my post on my blog very recently to see my opinion.
    But yes, this is my favourite quote.

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  63. For me, it means to know ourselves...to never stop analyzing our transformations through life...:)

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  64. Oooh, that is deep! I think to me it means that we will explore the world around us which will ultimately lead us to understand ourselves better. Some good food for thought, though!

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  65. I think it means that we go through situations in our lives without really knowing what to do or where to go. The next time we will face a situation similar to it, it'll feel completely different, because we'll have a much better idea of what to do. So after the unknown follows an understanding of the situation and we'll never look at it the same as we did, when we had no idea :)

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  66. Inner space, the final frontier.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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  67. it makes me think that most of us are restless and overlook what is around us and it's only when we've gone away and explored other places that we realise how much we'd been overlooking all along. It also makes me think about how explorations in the outer world lead to explorations of the inner world

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  68. The seeker knows this. It is the point of existence. Aloha

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  69. I know so much more now than I did 20 years ago, but I also know now that I don't know anything, which is the most important thing I've learned in the last 20 years. In that context, 20 years ago, I was in college and I was pretty sure I knew everything, but here I am today...well-traveled, well-experienced, but now, I know I know nothing.

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  70. I am probably intellectually way off ...but to me..it is about the excitement of seeing new things on the same road you travel each day.

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  71. To me it speaks to the journey of the mind. The more you explore the more you grow. With growth, comes insight.

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  72. that is a wonderful quote Keith and one I had not read before. to come full circle, back to a place/space in our lives and see it once again, with fresh eyes. I've been there and it can be quite a reality check to see how far we've come, in the journey back.

    thanks for sharing this.

    Happy Weekend to you,

    www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

    (I just posted a quote at my poetry blog yesterday too, this one is one of mine though) ;-)

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  73. Hi Keith .. perhaps this an appropriate place to comment after your visit to my blog and mentioning you'd like to visit all the beautiful churches in England, let alone the rest of Europe ... dreaming again, I think! Certainly I seem to keep exploring and learning ... as do you ..

    Enjoy the weekend - Hilary

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  74. Love T.S. Eliot....
    For me, this means that we are ever-changing, ever-evolving...our eyes (or mind) may see the same thing...but with time, we may perceive that very thing (idea, whatever) quite differently...but then again, I have a couple of other theories on what he may have meant with this quote...
    Thank you, Keith, for always bringing food for thought! :)
    A great weekend to you,
    - Irina

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  75. We spend our lives looking for happiness and such things, and we go on this long journey looking. And we look, and look, and forget where we started. At the end of it all, we may not have found what we were searching for, but all of our looking has helped us realize that where we started was much better than we thought it was, and we get to see our beginnings with new eyes.

    Therefore, we shouldn't always think that things get better than the starting point. We have to enjoy the beauty of beginning!

    That's what I get out of this quote. Such wonderful food for thought! Thank you for sharing! =D Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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  76. It's a very interesting quote! I've just sent a request to be in on the newsletter. Thanks for mentioning it.

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  77. Through our lives we will eventually come to know who we are and not mask it.

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  78. This quote is perfect for my son, I think. As for myself, it's constantly learning about the world and myself and discovering in the end that there is no real answer. It's just there.

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