Ezra Pound Quotes

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Ezra Pound Quotes

Poetry must be as well written as prose.
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The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.

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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.

— Ezra Pound

When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
I am compelled to conclude
That man is the superior animal.
When I consider the curious habits of man
I confess, my friend, I am puzzled

— Ezra Pound

My pawing over the ancients and semi-ancients has been one struggle to find out what has been done, once and for all, better than it can ever be done again, and to find out what remains for us to do, and plenty does remain, for if we still feel the same emotions as those who launched a thousand ships, it is quite certain that we came on these feelings differently, through different nuances, by different intellectual gradations. Each age has its own abounding gifts yet only some ages transmute them into matters of duration.

— Ezra Pound

A great spirit has been amongst us, and a great artist is gone.

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Yea, and the little earth crumbles beneath our feet and we endure.

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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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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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It doesn't matter which leg of your table you make first, so long as the table has four legs and will stand up solidly when you have finished it.

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Fit for kings, formal gardens afford an earthly Elysium and the odd impression that we mere men might actually control nature for a time.

— Ezra Pound

Poetry must be as well written as prose.

— Ezra Pound

It would be about as easy for an American to become a Chinaman or a Hindoo as for him to acquire an Englishness or a Frenchness or a European-ness that is more than half skin deep.

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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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As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, When the hot water gives out or goes tepid, So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion, O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.

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The history of an art is the history of masterwork, not of failures, or mediocrity.

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A heroic figure ... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.

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And the betrayers of language ... n and the press gang And those who had lied for hire; The perverts, the perverters of language, the perverts, who have set money-lust Before the pleasures of the senses; howling, as of a hen-yard in a printing-house, the clatter of presses, the blowing of dry dust and stray paper, foetor, sweat, the stench of stale oranges.

— Ezra Pound

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