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Ezra Pound quotes

No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.

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.

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

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.

A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.

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.

Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.

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

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

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.

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

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.

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

Literature is news that stays news.

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

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

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

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

All great art is born of the metropolis.