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Joseph Brodsky
May 24, 1940 - January 28, 1996
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

Bad literature is a form of treason.


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 is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.


Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.


Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.


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.


The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.


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.


Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.


Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.

    Topics: Family

What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.


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.


For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.


The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.


Who included me among the ranks of the human race?


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.


Man is what he reads.


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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