26/09/2012 05:03 BST | Updated 26/09/2012 05:13 BST

T.S. Eliot's Best Quotes On The Poet's Birthday (PHOTOS)

Today would have been T.S. Eliot's birthday. The poet, who was best known for creating Possum's Book Of Practical Cats, as well as modernist masterpiece The Wasteland would have been 124 today.

As well as being a poet, T.S. Eliot was a playwright, literary critic and a hugely influential publisher. During his time at publishing house Faber and Faber, of which he eventually became director, the likes of Ted Hughes and W.H Auden were given the chance to become the famous poets they are today.

Our friends at Faber have been celebrating Eliot with the best bits of their impressive archives - including this letter which shows Eliot deciding to take a chance on Hughes - poetry history in the making.

"I'm inclined to think we ought to take this man now" Eliot's views on Hughes

We've compiled our favourite images with Eliot's best quotes in the gallery below to celebrate.

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