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Leaderly Quotations: Do these Thoughts Inspire You?

September 15, 2009

Once a week, I’ll provide select quotations from a variety of prominent people – authors, politicians, business people, community leaders. My intention is to give you a few minutes to step out of your current busyness and reflect on the words. Maybe they will inspire you to do something new on that particular day, such as buy a new book, go for a bike ride, a walk in the woods, or spending time with your child or grandchild. In any event, you decide.

Today’s quotation comes from T.S. Eliot.

Your thoughts and interpretations on the quotations are invited, so please add a comment…J

To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know,
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
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, Four Quartets, East Coker)

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