• Michael D. Main

T. S. Eliot on Human Spiritual Struggle

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

"It is in fact in moments of moral and spiritual struggle depending upon spiritual sanctions…that men and women come nearest to being real. If you do away with this struggle, and maintain that by tolerance, benevolence, inoffensiveness and a redistribution or increase of purchasing power, combined with a devotion, on the part of an élite, to Art, the world will be as good as anyone could require, then you must expect human beings to become more and more vapourous."

- T. S. Eliot, in After Strange Gods.

Eliot wrote After Strange Gods for an American lecture series in May 1933.


T. S. Eliot, 1956; photograph by Cecil Beaton from Mark Holborn’s book Beaton: Photographs, published by Abrams in 2016, with an introduction by Annie Leibovitz | as per: New York Review of Books: February 11, 2016.

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