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Ezra Pound Quotes and Sayings

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Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding.
- Ezra Pound

Related topics: Education

All great art is born of the metropolis.
- Ezra Pound

Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life,
or at any rate no man understands a deep book,
until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
- Ezra Pound

Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures
resulting from an attempt to popularize art.
- Ezra Pound

 

A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.
- Ezra Pound

The worst mistake I made was that stupid,
suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism.
- Ezra Pound

The art of letters will come to an end before A.D.
2000.
I shall survive as a curiosity.
- Ezra Pound

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A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
- Ezra Pound

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly
balanced courses of action you should take -
choose the bolder.
- Ezra Pound

Good art however "immoral" is wholly a thing of virtue.
Good art can NOT be immoral.
By good art I mean art that bears true witness,
I mean the art that is most precise.
- Ezra Pound

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning
to the utmost possible degree.
- Ezra Pound

The modern artist must live by craft and violence.
His gods are violent gods.
Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife,
are uninteresting.
- Ezra Pound

If a patron buys from an artist who needs money,
the patron then makes himself equal to the artist;
he is building art into the world; he creates.
- Ezra Pound

But the one thing you should.
not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts,
it is wrong with the arts ONLY.
- Ezra Pound

No man understands a deep book until he has seen and
lived at least part of its contents.
- Ezra Pound

Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil,
and from it grows the tree of the arts.
- Ezra Pound

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions.
It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
- Ezra Pound

Allow me to say that I would long since have committed
suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.
- Ezra Pound

If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
- Ezra Pound

I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
- Ezra Pound

Literature is news that stays news.
- Ezra Pound

When two men in business always agree,
one of them is unnecessary.
- Ezra Pound

If I could believe the Quakers banned music because
church music is so damn bad,
I should view them with approval.
- Ezra Pound

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives
no one a chance to kill the right people.
- Ezra Pound

Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank.
Its value depends on what is there to meet it.
- Ezra Pound

People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish
between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
- Ezra Pound

Wars are made to make debt.
- Ezra Pound

Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's
wax dummy is to sculpture.
- Ezra Pound

The jargon of sculptors is beyond me.
I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female,
apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.
- Ezra Pound

No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.
- Ezra Pound

Either move or be moved.
- Ezra Pound

Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
- Ezra Pound

I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
- Ezra Pound

Nothing written for pay is worth printing.
Only what has been written against the market.
- Ezra Pound

Technique is the test of sincerity.
If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say,
it is of inferior value.
- Ezra Pound

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
- Ezra Pound

The image is more than an idea.
It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
- Ezra Pound

Good writers are those who keep the language efficient.
That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
- Ezra Pound

A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
- Ezra Pound

Genius...
is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
- Ezra Pound

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance...
poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
- Ezra Pound

Literature does not exist in a vacuum.
Writers as such have a definite social function exactly
proportional to their ability as writers.
This is their main use.
- Ezra Pound

Properly, we should read for power.
Man reading should be man intensely alive.
The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
- Ezra Pound

In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy,
just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
- Ezra Pound

I have always thought the suicide should bump off at
least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.
- Ezra Pound

I could I trust starve like a gentleman.
It's listed as part of the poetic training,
you know.
- Ezra Pound

A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question.
Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
- Ezra Pound

Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even
the most rigorous study of an art originally intended
to make glad the heart of man.
- Ezra Pound

It ought to be illegal for an artist to marry.
If the artist must marry let him find someone more interested in art,
or his art, or the artist part of him,
than in him.
After which let them take tea together three times a week.
- Ezra Pound

If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth,
or sees some error in the system being practiced,
he commits so many marginal errors himself that he
is worn out before he can establish his point.
- Ezra Pound

I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement,
a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his
own head sometime or other,
probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless
it come to fruit in the created work later.
- Ezra Pound

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it.
No urban night is like the night there...
Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether.
Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
- Ezra Pound

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

All that is real is seen with the heart.
- Vivian Greene

Life's real lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smell the smells, feel the fear,
and smile at the incoherent way
life runs us in circles
while inscribing the real lessons
in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

What is real is beyond all reach.
- Julian Green

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion,
for the real and for the truth.
- Abraham Maslow

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein


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