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Engrave this Quote The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
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Anger
Engrave this Quote I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
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Art
Engrave this Quote The jargon of these 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.
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Engrave this Quote If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
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Engrave this Quote Good art however immoral is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote It is difficult to write a paradise when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse. It is obviously much easier to find inhabitants for an inferno or even a purgatorio.
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Engrave this Quote Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
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Engrave this Quote Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Birth
Engrave this Quote I should consent to breed under pressure, if I were convinced in any way of the reasonableness of reproducing the species. But my nerves and the nerves of any woman I could live with three months, would produce only a victim... lacking in impulse, a mere bundle of discriminations. If I were wealthy I might subsidize a stud of young peasants, or a tribal group in Tahiti.
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Books
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
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Engrave this Quote A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
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Engrave this Quote There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight.
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-Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading
Engrave this Quote If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
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Christianity
Engrave this Quote A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.
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City Life, Cities
Engrave this Quote All great art is born of the metropolis.
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Civilization
Engrave this Quote A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Death
Engrave this Quote There are few things more difficult than to appraise the work of a man suddenly dead in his youth; to disentangle promise from achievement; to save him from that sentimentalizing which confuses the tragedy of the interruption with the merit of the work actually performed.
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Economics
Engrave this Quote In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
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Education
Engrave this Quote Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding.
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Exile
Engrave this Quote I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify. I left as soon as motion was autarchic -- I mean my motion.
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