Ezra Pound Quotes

Most popular Ezra Pound Quotes

Literature is news that STAYS news.

literature

Music rots when it gets too far from the dance.

music

Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music.

poetry

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

reading

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

work competition

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

literature

The difference between a gun and a tree is a difference of tempo. The tree explodes every spring.
— Ezra Pound

interesting

The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.

intellect

Artists are the antennae of the race, but the bullet-headed many will never learn to trust their great artists.

artists

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

Real knowledge goes into natural man in titbits. A scrap here, a scrap there; always pertinent, linked to safety, or nutrition or pleasure.
— Ezra Pound

knowledge discovery

A classic is a 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.

classics