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."
"Man is what he reads."
"How delightful to find a friend in everyone."
"Who included me among the ranks of the human race?"
"A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state."
"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."
"This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising."
"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."
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"The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed."
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"Bad literature is a form of treason."
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"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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
"Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family."
"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."
"The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie."



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