Ezra Pound

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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
AS A MIND, who the hell else is there left for me to take an interest IN??More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Literature is news that stays news.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I should consent to breed under pressure, if I were convinced in any way of the reasonableness of reproducing the species. But my nerves and the nerves of any woman I could live with three months, would produce only a victim... lacking in impulse, a mere bundle of discriminations. If I were wealthy I might subsidize a stud of young peasants, or a tribal group in Tahiti.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 clich, not from real life.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But the one thing you should. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good art however immoral is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.More Ezra Pound [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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