Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.Pound's The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs—although it never is.
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With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight.
Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.
You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.
I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify.
I left as soon as motion was autarchic -- I mean my motion.
If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient.
That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually slack attention.
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question.
Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
Wars are made to make debt.
Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art.
I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.
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.
A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
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.
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.
This is no book. Whoever touches this touches a man.
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!
If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.
I could I trust starve like a gentleman. It's listed as part of the poetic training, you know.
All great art is born of the metropolis.
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.
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.
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.
The jargon of 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.
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.
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.
Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.
.. poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
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.
People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
AS A MIND, who the hell else is there left for me to take an interest IN??
In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
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.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.