Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

American poet

Lived from: 1885-1972

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Ezra Pound

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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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    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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    The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
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    The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
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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 intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.
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    The jargon of these 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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    The real meditation is... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voilĂ  une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voilĂ  une chose!
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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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    The worst mistake I made was that stupid, suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism.
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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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    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.''
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    Wars are made to make debt.
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    With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
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    You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.