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The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.
The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is the truth.
As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, When the hot water gives out or goes tepid, So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion, O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.
The ant's a centaur in his dragon world.
All great art is born of the metropolis.
'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn!
What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.
I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.
What thou lovest well remains, the rest is dross What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
What thou lovest well remains.
Either move or be moved.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
USURY is the cancer of the world, which only the surgeon’s knife of Fascism can cut out of the life of the nations.
America is a lunatic asylum.
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt.
Wars are made to make debt.
If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
Poetry is a language pared down to its essentials.
Why fight for a flag when you can buy one for a nickel.
Liberty is not a right but a duty.
Democracy is now currently defined in Europe as a 'country run by Jews,'
Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d'Arc, a saint. He was a martyr. Like many martyrs, he held extreme views.
If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good.
The temple is holy because it is not for sale.
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.
The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language.
From the colour the nature And by the nature the sign! Beatific spirits welding together As in one ash-tree in Ygdrasail.
Literature is news that stays news.
The age demanded an image Of its accelerated grimace, Something for the modern stage, Not, at any rate, an Attic grace.
The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet black bough.
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
Be not cheap or mediocre in desiring.
Rhythm is form cut into time.
I did not enter into silence. Silence captured me.
Religion I have defined as "Another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art".
Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass
Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.
The flavors of the peach and the apricot are not lost from generation to generation. Neither are they transmitted by book learning.
Don't be blinded by the theorists and a lying press.
It is the business of the artist to make humanity aware of itself.