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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888–1965)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: T. S. ELIOT, “Little Gidding,” last stanza, Collected Poems, 1909–1962, p. 208 (1963).

Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara was asked what major changes he would have made in United States policies in Vietnam during the previous week. He responded it was not yet an appropriate time to be talking with hindsight and then quoted the lines above to answer the question.—“Meet the Press” television program, February 4, 1968, transcript, p. 15.
SUBJECTS: Exploration