Man reading ought to be a man intensely alive. The book ought to be a ball of light in his hands.
The serious artist must be as open as nature. Nature does not give all of herself in a paragraph. She is rugged and not set apart into discreet categories.
When words cease to cling close to things, kingdoms fall, empires wane and diminish.
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.
The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation.
The temple is holy because it is not for sale
It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.
A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.
This is no book. Whoever touches this touches a man.
Glance is the enemy of vision.
With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good
The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
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.
The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet black bough.
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight
Literature is news that stays news.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
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.
I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.
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.
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.
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
All great art is born of the metropolis.
I could I trust starve like a gentleman. It's listed as part of the poetic training, you know.
The worst mistake I made was that stupid, suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism.
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.
Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
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.
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.