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    Man reading ought to be a man intensely alive. The book ought to be a ball of light in his hands.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  reading  book 
     
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: nature  artist 
     
    When words cease to cling close to things, kingdoms fall, empires wane and diminish.
    — Ezra Pound
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: true  virtue  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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: work  creation  artist  leisure 
     
    The temple is holy because it is not for sale
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: holy 
     
    It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: write 
     
    A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: eyes  real 
     
    This is no book. Whoever touches this touches a man.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  book 
     
    Glance is the enemy of vision.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: enemies  enemy  vision 
     
    With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  key  reading 
     
    If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  risk  opinion 
     
    The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: work  discovery  artist  worth 
     
    A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
    — Ezra Pound
    No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  book 
     
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  power  reading  book  read 
     
    The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet black bough.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: black 
     
    There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  book 
     
    Literature is news that stays news.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: literature 
     
    Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  reading  book 
     
    Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: worth 
     
    Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: language 
     
    The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: 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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  book 
     
    I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: worth 
     
    In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: time  read 
     
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: truth 
     
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: time  artist  marry 
     
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: eyes 
     
    I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: men  definition 
     
    All great art is born of the metropolis.
    — Ezra Pound
    I could I trust starve like a gentleman. It's listed as part of the poetic training, you know.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: trust 
     
    Either move or be moved.
    — Ezra Pound
    The worst mistake I made was that stupid, suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism.
    — Ezra Pound
    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.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: work  live  violence  craft  god  artist  violent 
     
    Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: living  tragedy  american 
     
    The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: energy  ideas 
     
    The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: chance  people  right  real  war 
     
    Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
    — Ezra Pound
    tags: humanity 
     
    A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
    — Ezra Pound
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    ezra pound
    Birth    : October 30, 1885
    Death  : November 1, 1972
    Occupation  : Poet