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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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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Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.

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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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Ezra Pound quote Great literature is simply language char

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

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Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.

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The ant's a centaur in his dragon world.

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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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Ezra Pound quote Man reading should be man intensely aliv

Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.

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The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is the truth.

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What thou lovest well remains, the rest is dross What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage Whose world, or mine or theirs or is it of none? First came the seen, then thus the palpable Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell. What thou lovest well is thy true heritage.

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What thou lovest well remains, the rest is dross What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage

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What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.

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What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage.

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

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About Ezra Pound

Quotes 226 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 30, 1885

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

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What thou lovest well remains.

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

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USURY is the cancer of the world, which only the surgeon’s knife of Fascism can cut out of the life of the nations.

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All great art is born of the metropolis.

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

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America is a lunatic asylum.

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Wars are made to make debt.

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Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt.

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

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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.

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

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From the colour the nature And by the nature the sign! Beatific spirits welding together As in one ash-tree in Ygdrasail.

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If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good.

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The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language.

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A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question.

Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.

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Be not cheap or mediocre in desiring.

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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.

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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.

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And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it.

No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.

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And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass

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The flavors of the peach and the apricot are not lost from generation to generation. Neither are they transmitted by book learning.

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In verse one can take any damn constant one likes, one can alliterate, or assone, or rhyme, or quant, or smack, only one MUST leave the other elements irregular.

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The flavors of the peach and the apricot are not lost from generation to generation, neither are they transmitted by book learning. The mystic tradition, any mystic tradition, is of a similar nature, that is, it is dependent on direct perception, a 'knowledge' as permanent as the faculty for receiving it.

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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.

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The temple is holy because it is not for sale.

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Rhythm must have meaning.

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

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Anyone who is too lazy to master the comparatively small glossary necessary to understand Chaucer deserves to be shut out from the reading of good books forever.

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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.

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

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I would hold the rosy, slender fingers of the dawn for you.

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The artist is the antenna of the race.

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

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Seems fairly clear that you fix a breed by LIMITING the amount of alien infiltration. You make a race by homogeneity and by avoiding INbreeding.... No argument has ever been sprouted against it. You like it in dogs and horses.

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The rustling of the silk is discontinued, Dust drifts over the courtyard, There is not sound of footfall, and the leaves Scurry into heaps and lie still, And she the rejoicer of the heart is beneath them: A wet leaf that clings to the threshold.

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