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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Ezra Pound on education, life, poetry and literature.

49 Beautiful Ezra Pound Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: October 30, 1885

Died On: November 1, 1972

Born In: Hailey, Idaho, United States

Died At Age: 87

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was among the most prominent poets who emerged to become immortal in history during the 20th century. In a divided world these poets found criticism with one reader and praise from another. He was also one of the most controversial critics and poets. Pound’s most sought after works include a promising collection of poems, called ‘The Pisan Cantos’. Ezra Pound’s sayings and thoughts are sure to change your perception towards life. In 1949 he was awarded the Bollingen Prize by the Library of Congress for “The Pisan Cantos” but resulted in a lot of controversy. Books like ‘Ripostes’ and ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’ are counted among his notable works. His quotations and thoughts will surely inspire you to strive hard. Though his life and work is a perspective of the beholder, his quotes will surely lure all!
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Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.

Ezra Pound

Literature is news that stays news.

Ezra Pound

There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight

Ezra Pound

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet black bough.

Ezra Pound

And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass

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

Speak against unconscious oppression, Speak against the tyranny of the unimaginative, Speak against bonds.

Ezra Pound

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

Ezra Pound

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep herding.

Ezra Pound

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

Ezra Pound

I desired my dust to be mingled with yours Forever and forever and forever.

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

Ezra Pound

Rhythm must have meaning.

Ezra Pound

The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.

Ezra Pound

What thou lovest well remains, the rest is dross What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage

Ezra Pound

With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.

Ezra Pound

Glance is the enemy of vision.

Ezra Pound

This is no book. Whoever touches this touches a man.

Ezra Pound

A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.

Ezra Pound

The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.

Ezra Pound

It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.

Ezra Pound

I have tried to write Paradise Do not move Let the wind speak that is paradise. Let the Gods forgive what I have made Let those I love try to forgive what I have made.

Ezra Pound

The temple is holy because it is not for sale

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.

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.

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.

Ezra Pound

Man reading ought to be a man intensely alive. The book ought to be a ball of light in his hands.

Ezra Pound

I would hold the rosy, slender fingers of the dawn for you.

Ezra Pound

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

Ezra Pound

Small talk comes from small bones

Ezra Pound

Anyone who is too lazy to master the comparatively small glossary necessary to understand Chaucer deserves to be shut out from the reading of good books forever.

Ezra Pound

Don't be blinded by the theorists and a lying press.

Ezra Pound

What thou lovest well remains,

Ezra Pound

Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d'Arc, a saint. He was a martyr.

Ezra Pound

The thought of what America would be like If the Classics had a wide circulation Troubles my sleep (Cantico del Sole)

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

Nothing matter but the quality/ of the affection—/in the end—that has carved the trace in the mind dove sta memoria

Ezra Pound

The eyes of this dead lady speak to me For here was love, was not to be drowned out. And here desire, not to be kissed away. The eyes of this dead lady speak to me.

Ezra Pound

Where the dead walked and the living were made of cardboard.

Ezra Pound

What thou lovest well remains. The rest is dross.

Ezra Pound

Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are. Come, my friend, and remember that the rich have butlers and no friends, And we have friends and no butlers. (excerpt from 'The Garrett')

Ezra Pound

Pay no attention to the criticism of men who have never themselves written a notable work. --Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

Fundamental accuracy of statement is the ONE sole morality of writing.

Ezra Pound

A people that grows accustomed to sloppy writing is a people in process of losing grip on its empire and on itself.

Ezra Pound

You have been second always. Tragical? No. You preferred it to the usual thing: One dull man, dulling and uxorious, One average mind- with one thought less, each year.

Ezra Pound

Literature is language charged with meaning.

Ezra Pound

As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, When the hot water gives out or goes tepid, So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion, O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.

Ezra Pound

When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs I am compelled to conclude That man is the superior animal. When I consider the curious habits of man I confess, my friend, I am puzzled

Ezra Pound