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No picture is made to endure nor to live with but it is made to sell and sell quickly with usura, sin against nature, is thy bread ever more of stale rags is thy bread dry as paper.
—  Ezra Pound
Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind cloth ramm! Sing: Goddamm.
—  Ezra Pound
Usura slayeth the child in the womb It stayeth the young man's courting It hath brought palsey to bed, lyeth between the young bride and her bridegroom
—  Ezra Pound
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
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
His true Penelope was Flaubert, He fished by obstinate isles.
—  Ezra Pound
The age demanded an image Of its accelerated grimace, Something for the modern stage, Not, at any rate, an Attic grace.
—  Ezra Pound
America, my country, is almost a continent and hardly yet a nation.
—  Ezra Pound
The ant's a centaur in his dragon world. Pull down thy vanity, it is not man Made courage, or made order, or made grace, Pull down thy vanity, I say pull down. Learn of the green world what can be thy place In scaled invention or true artistry, Pull down thy vanity, Paquin pull down! The green casque has outdone your elegance.
—  Ezra Pound
With Usura With usura hath no man a house of good stone each block cut smooth and well fitting.
—  Ezra Pound
hysterias, trench confessions, laughter out of dead bellies.
—  Ezra Pound
The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.
—  Ezra Pound
The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind. The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older.
—  Ezra Pound
The history of an art is the history of masterwork, not of failures, or mediocrity.
—  Ezra Pound

   

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