Ezra Pound, American Poet ( October 30, 1885 - November 1, 1972 )

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Either move or be moved.~Ezra Pound

Motivational Move Either

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

Deep Man Book

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

Art Great Born

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

Art Money World

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

Worth Damn Never

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

Man Genius See

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

Man Balance Values

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

Work Writing Value

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

Energy Ideas Idea

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

Music Believe View

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

Business Men Two

Literature is news that stays news.~Ezra Pound

Literature News Stays

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

Man Surrounded Guess

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

Gang Sound Instinct

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

You Arts Should

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

Great Language Literature

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

Art Poetry Real

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

Free Him Someone

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

Music Dance Poetry

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

Tree Humanity Rich

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

People Live Ideas

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

Stupid Mistake Prejudice

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

Light Power Man

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

Literature Nation

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

Age Great Literature

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

War People Chance