Joseph Brodsky Quotes


27 Joseph Brodsky quotes:



"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."
"No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly."
"What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence."
Author: Brodsky Quotes Category: Life 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
"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
"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



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