Joseph Brodsky Quotes


27 Joseph Brodsky 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."
"What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Life Quotes
"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."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes Doctrine Quotes
"For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language."
"It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything."
"Who included me among the ranks of the human race?"
"The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie."
"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."
"Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family."
"Man is what he reads."
"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production."
"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
"A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state."
"This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising."
"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."
"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."
"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
"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



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