Coming Home Quotes

coming home rug“We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

This is one of the most famous quotes of all time by T. S. Eliot.  Eliot was a poet and novelist who was a prominent writer in the age of modernism, just after the first World War.  It was an era of great change and revolution, especially amongst the artistic communities of Europe.  At the crux of what this quote is about is the idea that as we grow, and explore we also change as people.  When you are growing up, you are constantly experiencing new things, new people, new challenges – you are living life.  And after all of this learning, and experience, we are changed as individuals and therefore our perceptions have also changed.  We have so much information and context from all of our learning that we are able to understand the place from which we have come.  Because we are now new people – we are able to know the place for the first time.  This doesn’t imply that you haven’t known the place before, but it does infer that your learned self is a different person than the one who left the place originally.  Your life path will have taken you from that person and changed you into who you are now.

This quote’s meaning as well has to do with getting to know ourselves.  It is difficult to know yourself without pushing your own boundaries and trying new things.  Eliot meant that as a natural part of our own growth and evolution, we need to keep challenging ourselves and living as whole heartedly as we can.  And at the end of your growth (if there is ever an end to growth), you will come to understand yourself in an incredibly profound way.  Internal exploration is often much harder to do than external exploration.   It takes a lot of courage to really tackle your own deep seated issues from your past and to be compassionate to yourself.  When you do this level of exploration and growth you will be able to see yourself for the first time.

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