Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.

This quote has been attributed to TS Eliot, but I can't find any sources for it outside lists of inspirational quotes, and self-help books. Does anyone know if he did actually say or write this? If so, when/where?


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It is not a word-for-word match, but in his 1949 work The Cocktail Party, Eliot wrote:

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.

The full text is available from the Internet Archive.


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