restricted access T. S. Eliot’s Notes on the Way [III]. To the Editor of Time and Tide
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[ 213 T. S. Eliot’s Notes on the Way [III] To the Editor of Time and Tide Time and Tide, 16 (23 Feb 1935) 272 Sir, – Mr. Milne has begun to formulate the differences between him and myself. He believes that it is “simpler” to stop war than to stop conflicts between nations;1 I believe that there is more hope of preventing the causes of conflict than of stopping war so long as the conflicts continue. That is one point; and Mr. Milne and I hold contradictory views. Second, Mr. Milne and I dislike war for different reasons: I adopt an explicitly Christian view, and Mr. Milne is explicitly non-committal. Third, Mr. Milne believes that analogies from conflicts between individuals prove something about conflicts between nations; and I do not.2 I am, etc.,  T. S. Eliot 24 Russell Square, W.C.1 Notes 1. A. A. Milne wrote in his letter printed in the 16 Feb issue of Time and Tide: “I believe that it is simpler to break the sequence from ‘conflict’ to ‘war’ than to break the sequence from ‘cause’ to ‘conflict’ or to eliminate all possible causes of conflict” (238). 2. Milne continues: “Just as . . . our ancestors found it simpler to break the sequence from ‘quarrel’ to ‘duel’ than to break the sequence from ‘cause’ to ‘quarrel,’ or to eliminate all possible causes of quarrel” (238). ...


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