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Ezra Pound
October 30, 1885 - November 1, 1972
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.


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


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


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


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


Literature is news that stays news.


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


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


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


When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.


Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.


A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.


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


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.


If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.


All great art is born of the metropolis.


The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting.


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.


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


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


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