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Joseph Brodsky Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Feb 2021
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Life, the way it really is, is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.
For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
Twentieth-century Russian literature has produced nothing special except perhaps one novel and two stories by Andrei Platonov, who ended his days sweeping streets.
Bad literature is a form of treason.
Who included me among the ranks of the human race?
What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.
This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising.
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.
Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.
Man is what he reads.
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.
Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.
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.
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
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.
How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
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.
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.
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