ezra pound Quotes

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