Joseph Brodsky - Quotes

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Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.

Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.

How delightful to find a friend in everyone. ---->>>

I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside. ---->>>

Man is what he reads.

Man is what he reads.

After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life. ---->>>

What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness. ---->>>

Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose. ---->>>

Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair. ---->>>

For boredom speaks the language of time, and it is to teach you the most valuable lesson of your life - the lesson of your utter insignificance. ---->>>

Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse. ---->>>

Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language. ---->>>

Who included me among the ranks of the human race? ---->>>

For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey. ---->>>

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state. ---->>>

The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie. ---->>>

The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed. ---->>>

It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union. I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot. ---->>>

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.

Bad literature is a form of treason. ---->>>

Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production. ---->>>

This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-24, 1940
Birthplace:
Die: 01-28, 1996
Occupation: Poet
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Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (; Russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский, IPA: [ɪˈosʲɪf ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈbrotskʲɪj]; 24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian and American poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in the United States with the help of W (wikipedia)