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

Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American


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

Some suggestions for you :

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

I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.

A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.

Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.

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.

The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting.

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

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

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

All great art is born of the metropolis.

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.

It ought to be illegal for an artist to marry. If the artist must marry let him find someone more interested in art, or his art, or the artist part of him, than in him. After which let them take tea together three times a week.

The jargon of sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.