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Ezra Pound Quotes

(1885-1972), American Poet, Critic

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.

Category: Action

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Bohemia

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

Category: Books And Reading

With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Books And Reading

Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.

Category: Churches

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

Category: Churches

All great art is born of the metropolis.

Category: Cities And City Life

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

Category: Civilization

Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.

Category: Complexity

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.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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.

Category: Death And Dying