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" A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values. "
" Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market. "
" Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. "
" The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy. "
" Either move or be moved. "
" I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them. "
" In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries. "
" Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear. "
" Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts. "
" The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people. "
" A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. "
" A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct. "
" 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. "
" Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. "
" The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people. "
" 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. "
" Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity. "
" Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man. "
" I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown. "
" Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture. "
" I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible. "