Ezra Pound Quotes

'Tis not need we know our every thought Or see the work shop where each mask is wrought Wherefrom we view the world of box and pit, Careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit And serve our jape's turn for a night or two.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Fifine Answers.
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But the one thing you shd. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "ZWECK or the AIM," pt. 1, ch. 5, Guide to Kulchur (1938).
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There are few things more difficult than to appraise the work of a man suddenly dead in his youth; to disentangle "promise" from achievement; to save him from that sentimentalizing which confuses the tragedy of the interruption with the merit of the work actually performed.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Gaudier-Brzeska: a Memoir, ch. 13 (1916). Of the French sculptor (and Vorticist) Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, killed in action in France, 1915.
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We do NOT know the past in chronological sequence. It may be convenient to lay it out anesthetized on the table with dates pasted on here and there, but what we know we know by ripples and spirals eddying out from us and from our own time.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "ZWECK or the AIM," pt. 1, ch. 5, Guide to Kulchur (1938).
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The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. repr. In Gaudier-Brzeska: a Memoir (1916, rev. 1960). "Gaudier: A Postscript," Esquire (New York, Aug. 1934).
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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 (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 3, sct. 5, ch. 20 (1938).
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Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 3, sct. 5, ch. 19 (1938).
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People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 1, sct. 1, ch. 5 (1938).
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In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 4, sect. 8, ch. 31 (1938).
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One measure of a civilization, either of an age or of a single individual, is what that age or person really wishes to do. A man's hope measures his civilization. The attainability of the hope measures, or may measure, the civilization of his nation and time.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 3, sect. 6, ch. 22 (1938).
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