Ezra Pound

1885 - 1972

A Quote by Ezra Pound on hell, rest, and world

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 Whose world, or mine or theirs or is it of none? First came the seen, then thus the palpable Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell. What thou lovest well is thy true heritage.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Cantos, 1925—1959, LXXXI

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on mind

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Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Portrait d'une Femme, 1916

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on ability, art, genius, perception, and talent

Genius . . . is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one, and where the man of talent sees two or three, plus the ability to register that multiple perception in the material of his art.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Jefferson and /or Mussolini, 1935

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on heart and lies

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The rustling of the silk is discontinued, Dust drifts over the courtyard, There is not sound of footfall, and the leaves Scurry into heaps and lie still, And she the rejoicer of the heart is beneath them: A wet leaf that clings to the threshold.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Liu Ch'e

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on age and grace

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The age demanded an image Of its accelerated grimace, Something for the modern stage, Not, at any rate, an Attic grace.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. E.P. Ode pour l’élection de son sepulchre, 1920, II

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on america, country, and nations

America, my country, is almost a continent and hardly yet a nation.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Patria Mia

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A Quote by Ezra Pound

Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind cloth ramm! Sing: Goddamm.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Ancient Music

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on literature

As for literature It gives no man a sinecure. And no one knows, at sight, a masterpiece. And give up verse, my boy, There's nothing in it.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. E.P. Ode pour l’élection de son sepulchre, 1920, IX

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on adventure, fear, hell, home, imagination, learning, lies, love, men, and weakness

Better mendacities Than the classics in paraphrase! Some quick to arm, some for adventure, some from fear of weakness, some from fear of censure, some for love of slaughter, in imagination, learning later . . . some in fear, learning love of slaughter; Died some, pro patria, non "dulce" non "et decor" . walked eye-deep in hell believing in old men's lies, the unbelieving came home, home to a lie.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. E.P. Ode pour l’élection de son sepulchre, 1920, IV

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on justice, needs, thought, work, and world

'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)

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