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‘My nerves are bad tonight. Yes, bad. Stay with me.                        
Speak to me. Why do you never speak? Speak.                            
What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?                        
I never know what you are thinking. Think.’

T. S. Eliot, from “The Waste Land,” The Complete Poems & Plays of T.S.Eliot (Faber & Faber Poetry, 2004)

In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.
—  T. S. Eliot, from “Four Quartets,” The Complete Poems & Plays of T.S.Eliot (Faber & Faber Poetry, 2004)

I have heard the key                                      
Turn in the door once and turn once only                    
We think of the key, each in his prison                    
Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison

T. S. Eliot, from “The Waste Land,” The Complete Poems & Plays of T.S.Eliot (Faber & Faber Poetry, 2004)