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

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


Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.


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


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.


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


Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.


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.


Either move or be moved.


Good art however "immoral" is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.


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.


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.


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


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