Facts about Ezra Pound

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Summary

Ezra Pound was a famous Poet from USA, who lived between October 30, 1885 and November 1, 1972.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac scorpio, who is known for Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding. Our collection contains 49 quotes who is written / told by Ezra.

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Famous quotes by Ezra Pound (49)


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"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"
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"Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture"
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"A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values"
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"The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting"
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"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"
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"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"
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"If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval"
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"Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear"
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"Either move or be moved"
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"The worst mistake I made was that stupid, suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism"
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"The jargon of sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner"
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"No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents"
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"In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries"
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"If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays"
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"I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible"
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"Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts"
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"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"
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"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"
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"I could I trust starve like a gentleman. It's listed as part of the poetic training, you know"
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"Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one"
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"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"
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"Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin"
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"A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations"
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"A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct"
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"The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people"
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"I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown"
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"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"
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"All great art is born of the metropolis"
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"A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression"
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"When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary"
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"Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding"
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"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"
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"Literature is news that stays news"
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"The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people"
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"Technique is the test of sincerity. If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say, it is of inferior value"
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"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"
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"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree"
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"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"
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"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"
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"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder"
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"Wars are made to make debt"
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"The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy"
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"The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity"
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"Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe"
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"Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market"
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"Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music"
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"I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them"
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"Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it"
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"A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him"


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