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Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use. Ezra Pound#Books 148
Ezra Pound#Books 148
And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. Ezra Pound#Poetry 82
Ezra Pound#Poetry 82
The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually slack attention. Ezra Pound#Authors 77
Ezra Pound#Authors 77
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight Ezra Pound#Books 74
Ezra Pound#Books 74
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. Ezra Pound#Criticism 73
Ezra Pound#Criticism 73
The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy. Ezra Pound#Image 71
Ezra Pound#Image 71
When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. Ezra Pound#Business 70
Ezra Pound#Business 70
The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand. Ezra Pound#Intelligence 68
Ezra Pound#Intelligence 68
Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe. Ezra Pound#American 68
Ezra Pound#American 68
Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. Ezra Pound#Power 67
Ezra Pound#Power 67
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