A friend of mine had this on her facebook page:
In our time, when men seem more than ever prone to confuse wisdom with knowledge, and knowledge with information, there is coming into existence a new kind of provincialism. It is a provincialism, not of space, but of time (...).
Its a really interesting quote. The idea isn't individual to Eliot either- C.S. Lewis used the same comparison of a historian to a traveller in his Pilgrim's Regress. I wonder if the attraction had something to do with the growth of mass travel in the early part of the twentieth century- anyway its a great quote!