"The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility."
T. S. Eliot, in "East Coker"; Eliot was announced winner of the
Nobel Prize on this day in 1948. In its presentation speech, the
Swedish Academy quoted this line from the poem; in his acceptance
speech, Eliot jokingly took the line back: "To profess my own
unworthiness would be to cast doubt upon the wisdom of the
--from Today in Literature
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