T.S. Eliot “Four Quartets”
BURNT NORTON (section I)
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. […]
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality. […]
LITTLE GIDDING (section V)
[…] We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. […]