Quotes by Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

American poet

Alive from: 1885-1972

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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    A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
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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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    Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.
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    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.
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    We do NOT know the past in chronological sequence. It may be convenient to lay it out anesthetized on the table with dates pasted on here and there, but what we know we know by ripples and spirals eddying out from us and from our own time.
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    'Tis not need we know our every thought or see the work shop where each mask is wrought wherefrom we view the world of box and pit, careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit and serve our jape's turn for a night or two.
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    'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn!
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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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    A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
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    A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
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    A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.
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    A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
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    All great art is born of the metropolis.
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    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.
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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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