Ezra Pound Quotes

A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Egoist (London, Oct. 1917).
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'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, Bid the world's hounds come to horn!
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. The White Stag.
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All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning ... I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Epoca (Milan, March 1963).
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It is more than likely that the brain itself is, in origin and development, only a sort of great clot of genital fluid held in suspense or reserved.... This hypothesis ... would explain the enormous content of the brain as a maker or presenter of images.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Translator's Postscript." To Pound's translation of Rémy De Gourmont, Physique de l'Amour (1922).
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The real meditation is ... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voilà une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voilà une chose!
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, April 21, 1913, to Pound's fiancée (later wife) Dorothy Shakespear. Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters 1909-1914, eds. Omar Pound and A. Walton Litz (1985).
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Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Unsent letter, c. 1920, to Professor W.G. Hale of the University of Chicago. Written in answer to Hale's stinging criticism of Pound's Homage to Sextus Propertius in Poetry (April 1919). Hale had opined, "If Mr. Pound were a professor of Latin, there would be nothing left for him but suicide."
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Nothing written for pay is worth printing. ONLY what has been written AGAINST the market.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Ezra Pound in Melbourne: Helix 13/14 (1983). Pound himself was largely freed from the necessity to earn a living thanks to his wife Dorothy Shakespear's private income.
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A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Warning," prefatory, ABC of Reading (1934).
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Seems fairly clear that you fix a breed by LIMITING the amount of alien infiltration. You make a race by homogeneity and by avoiding INbreeding.... No argument has ever been sprouted against it. You like it in dogs and horses.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Broadcast from Rome, June 28, 1942. "Ezra Pound Speaking": Radio Speeches of World War II (1978).
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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 (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Warning," prefatory, ABC of Reading (1934).
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