T.S. Eliot on Lost Causes

If we take the widest and wisest view of a Cause, there is no such thing as a Lost Cause, because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause. We fight for lost causes because we know that our defeat and dismay may be the preface to our successors’ victory, though that victory itself will be temporary; we fight rather to keep something alive than in the expectation that it will triumph.

—T.S. Eliot

6 responses to “T.S. Eliot on Lost Causes

  1. Cf. William Morris in A Dream of John Ball:
    “I pondered all these things and how men fight and lose the battle and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it come it turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under a different name. . . .”

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  4. Reblogged this on Musings On The Right and commented:

    Relevant thoughts on the election here. Regardless of who you support.

  5. Fwiw…the Eliot quote is from “Francis Herbert Bradley” in Essays Ancient and Modern (NY: 1936).

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