Ezra Pound Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Ezra Pound quotes, Ezra Pound sayings, and Ezra Pound proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. Ezra Pound
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people. Ezra Pound
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. Ezra Pound
What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it. Ezra Pound
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. Ezra Pound
A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct. 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
All great art is born of the metropolis. Ezra Pound
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
A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. Ezra Pound
The ant's a centaur in his dragon world. Ezra Pound
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people. Ezra Pound
When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. 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. Ezra Pound
For ignorance, its growth and its protection. Ezra Pound
Your emotions? Are those of a maitre-de-cafe. Ezra Pound
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. Ezra Pound
Under the cabin roof was one lantern. The reeds are heavy; bent; and the bamboos speak as if weeping. Ezra Pound
Aries greatly altered I have seen the ruined dorata. Ezra Pound
Learn of the green world what can be thy place in scaled invention or true artistry. Ezra Pound
You were gone up as a rocket, bending your passages from right to left and from left to right. In the flat projection of a spiral. Ezra Pound
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them. 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
Glory to Zeus' aegis-day. Ezra Pound
Great Zeus, save the woman, or she will sit before your feet in a veil, and tell out the long list of her troubles. Ezra Pound
The milk-white girls / Unbend from the holly-trees, / And their snow-white leopard / Watches to follow our trace. Ezra Pound
If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval. Ezra Pound
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