Ezra Pound Quotes

56 Ezra Pound quotes:

"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."
"No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents."
"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."
"Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts."
"A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression."
"I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown."
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"The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity."
"A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him."
"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."
"Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music."
"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."
"Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market."
"Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it."
"I could I trust starve like a gentleman. It's listed as part of the poetic training, you know."
"I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them."
"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."
"Technique is the test of sincerity. If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say, it is of inferior value."
"Wars are made to make debt."
"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."
"Literature is news that stays news."

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