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A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Bad literature is a form of treason.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
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Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
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.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Man is what he reads.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.
Quotation of Joseph Brodsky
Who included me among the ranks of the human race?
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