"Where the tree of knowledge stands, there is always paradise": thus speak the oldest and the youngest serpents.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 99, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 152 (1886).)
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
(Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Poetry (Chicago, October 1914).
Pound was fulminating against the motto on Poetry's cover, that, "To have great poets, there must be great audiences too"Ma quote by Whitman. Pound preferred to think that the arts were dependent on no one.)