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If I could believe the Quakers banned music because
by Ezra Pound

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

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

People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish
between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
- Ezra Pound

I could I trust starve like a gentleman.
It's listed as part of the poetic training,
you know.
- Ezra Pound

 

I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement,
a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his
own head sometime or other,
probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless
it come to fruit in the created work later.
- Ezra Pound

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

All great art is born of the metropolis.
- Ezra Pound

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

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

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions.
It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
- Ezra Pound

Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures
resulting from an attempt to popularize art.
- Ezra Pound

Technique is the test of sincerity.
If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say,
it is of inferior value.
- Ezra Pound

No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.
- Ezra Pound

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.
- Ezra Pound

Wars are made to make debt.
- Ezra Pound

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

Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even
the most rigorous study of an art originally intended
to make glad the heart of man.
- Ezra Pound

The art of letters will come to an end before A.D.
2000.
I shall survive as a curiosity.
- Ezra Pound

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.
- 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.
- Ezra Pound

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

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

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

Genius...
is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
- Ezra Pound

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

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

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

The image is more than an idea.
It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
- Ezra Pound

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

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

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

Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's
wax dummy is to sculpture.
- Ezra Pound

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning
to the utmost possible degree.
- Ezra Pound

Literature is news that stays news.
- Ezra Pound

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

Either move or be moved.
- 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.
- Ezra Pound

A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
- 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.
- Ezra Pound

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

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

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.
- Ezra Pound

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.
- Ezra Pound

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

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

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

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

In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy,
just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
- Ezra Pound

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

We believe whatever we want to believe.
- Demosthenes

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
- Francis Bacon

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life
is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
- Albert Einstein

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell

Have a Vision, a Dream.
Believe in that Vision.
Live that Vision with every fiber of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply put, you believe that things
or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate.
You make yourself unhappy.
- Wayne Dyer

Don't believe me,
don't believe yourself,
and don't believe anyone else.
- don Miguel Ruiz


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