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Joseph Brodsky Quotes


27 Joseph Brodsky quotes:



"If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society's own equivalent of oblivion."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Poet Quotes
"No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly."
"Man is what he reads."
"How delightful to find a friend in everyone."
"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."
"The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes Infinity Quotes
"Bad literature is a form of treason."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes Treason Quotes
"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production."
"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."
"What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness."
"Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse."
"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."
"[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."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Writers And Writing Quotes John F. Kennedy Quotes
"Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family."
"What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Life Quotes
"In the works of the better poets you get the sensation that they're not talking to people any more, or to some seraphical creature. What they're doing is simply talking back to the language itself --as beauty, sensuality, wisdom, irony --those aspects of language of which the poet is a clear mirror. Poetry is not an art or a branch of art, it's something more. If what distinguishes us from other species is speech, then poetry, which is the supreme linguistic operation, is our anthropological, indeed genetic, goal. Anyone who regards poetry as an entertainment, as a ''read,'' commits an anthropological crime, in the first place, against himself."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Poet Quotes
"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."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Defense Quotes
"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."
"Who included me among the ranks of the human race?"
"A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state."



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