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Ezra Pound Quotes

(1885-1972), American Poet, Critic

You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.

Category: Innovation

The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.

Category: Jesus Christ

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

Category: Literature

Literature is news that stays news.

Category: Literature

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.

Category: Literature

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

Category: Literature

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

Category: Literature

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

Category: Madness

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.

Category: Marriage

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.

Category: Music

There once was a brainy baboon who always breathed down a bassoon for he said, ''It appears that in billions of years I shall certainly hit on a tune.''

Category: Music

It is difficult to write a paradise when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse. It is obviously much easier to find inhabitants for an inferno or even a purgatorio.

Category: Paradise

As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, when the hot water gives out or goes tepid, so is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion, o my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.

Category: Passion