Quotation by Ezra Pound

Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.
Ezra Pound (1885–1972), U.S. poet, critic. Unsent letter, c. 1920, to Professor W.G. Hale of the University of Chicago.

Written in answer to Hale's stinging criticism of Pound's Homage to Sextus Propertius in Poetry (April 1919). Hale had opined, "If Mr. Pound were a professor of Latin, there would be nothing left for him but suicide."
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