116 Total Quotes

Ezra Pound Quotes

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
#Patronage

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

Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
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#American Poet #Books And Reading

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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#Churches

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.
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#Procreation

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
#Imagination #Brain

Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
Ezra Pound
#American Poet

A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
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#American Poet #Expression

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

I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.
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#American Poet #Suicide

You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.
Ezra Pound
#Innovation

The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
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#American Poet #Art

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
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#American Poet

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.
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#Intelligence And Intellectuals

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.
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#American Poet

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

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.
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#American Poet #Education

Either move or be moved.
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#American Poet

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.
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#Action

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
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#American Poet #Music

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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#Music

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.
Ezra Pound
#American Poet