My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Man is not made for defeat.
Never confuse movement with action.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
Never mistake motion for action.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him.
Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.
That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best - make it all up - but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.
That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.
The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
The shortest answer is doing the thing.