Joseph Brodsky Quotes

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"Man is what he reads." Joseph Brodsky
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"How delightful to find a friend in everyone." Joseph Brodsky
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"Who included me among the ranks of the human race?" Joseph Brodsky
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"What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence." Joseph Brodsky
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"A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Language   

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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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"[Robert] Frost's triumph was not being at John Kennedy's inauguration ceremony, but the day when he put the last period on ""West-Running Brook.""" Joseph Brodsky
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"This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Life   

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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Doctrine   

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"No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly." Joseph Brodsky
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"The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Infinity   

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"The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even / if you will / eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with." Joseph Brodsky
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"Bad literature is a form of treason." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Treason   

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"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Life   

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"For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language." Joseph Brodsky
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American Poet    Attitude   

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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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"It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything." Joseph Brodsky
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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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"Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?" Joseph Brodsky
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