Ezra Pound Quotes

56 Ezra Pound quotes:

"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding."
"When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"Either move or be moved."
"It is more than likely that the brain itself is, in origin and development, only a sort of great clot of genital fluid held in suspense or reserved. This hypothesis would explain the enormous content of the brain as a maker or presenter of images."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Imagination Quotes Brains Quotes
"'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn!"
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Fame Quotes
"Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Man Quotes Complexity Quotes
"The author's conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Conviction Quotes
"There are few things more difficult than to appraise the work of a man suddenly dead in his youth; to disentangle ''promise'' from achievement; to save him from that sentimentalizing which confuses the tragedy of the interruption with the merit of the work actually performed."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Death Quotes
"All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty."
Author: Pound Quotes Category: Despair Quotes
"No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job."
"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."
"A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values."
"All great art is born of the metropolis."
"Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one."
"Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin."
"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."
"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."
"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree."
"A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct."

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