Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

American poet

Lived from: 1885-1972

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Ezra Pound

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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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    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.
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    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.
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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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    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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    Literature is news that stays news.
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    Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.
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    Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.
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    No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and cliché, not from real life.
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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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    Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.
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    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.
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    People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
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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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    Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding.