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A list of the best Ezra Pound quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Ezra Pound quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Ezra Pound quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Ezra Pound should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Ezra Pound quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. Ezra Pound

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Wars are made to make debt. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays. Ezra Pound

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The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people. Ezra Pound

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Literature is news that stays news. Ezra Pound

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Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands. Ezra Pound

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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. 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. Ezra Pound

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America, my country, is almost a continent and hardly yet a nation. Ezra Pound

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No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents. Ezra Pound

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The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown. Ezra Pound

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A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art. Ezra Pound

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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 clich?, not from real life. Ezra Pound

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The author's conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement. Ezra Pound

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A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. Ezra Pound

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Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. Ezra Pound

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AS A MIND, who the hell else is there left for me to take an interest IN?? Ezra Pound

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I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them. Ezra Pound

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Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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The worst mistake I made was that stupid, suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism. Ezra Pound

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Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea Ezra Pound

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Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market. Ezra Pound

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The real meditation is... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voil? 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, voil? une chose! Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn! Ezra Pound

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If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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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. Ezra Pound

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Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity. Ezra Pound

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The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand. Ezra Pound

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

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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. Ezra Pound