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Ezra Pound Quotes

(1885-1972), American Poet, Critic

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.

Category: Despair

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

Category: Economy And Economics

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding.

Category: Education

I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify. I left as soon as motion was autarchic -- I mean my motion.

Category: Exile

'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn!

Category: Fame

AS A MIND, who the hell else is there left for me to take an interest IN??

Category: Fascism

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

Category: Freedom

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

Category: Generalizations

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

Category: Genius

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.

Category: Heresy

One measure of a civilization, either of an age or of a single individual, is what that age or person really wishes to do. A man's hope measures his civilization. The attainability of the hope measures, or may measure, the civilization of his nation and time.

Category: Hope

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

Category: Ideas

The real meditation is... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voilą une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voilą une chose!

Category: Identity

The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.

Category: Image

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.

Category: Imagination