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"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got."
Richard M. Nixon
Joseph Brodsky Quotes
A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
Joseph Brodsky

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.
Joseph Brodsky

Bad literature is a form of treason.
Joseph Brodsky

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

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.
Joseph Brodsky

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

How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
Joseph Brodsky

I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside.
Joseph Brodsky

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
Joseph Brodsky

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.
Joseph Brodsky

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.
Joseph Brodsky

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

Man is what he reads.
Joseph Brodsky

No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly.
Joseph Brodsky

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

Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?
Joseph Brodsky

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."
Joseph Brodsky

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

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

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 impostor couldn't be happy with.
Joseph Brodsky

This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising.
Joseph Brodsky

Twentieth-century Russian literature has produced nothing special except perhaps one novel and two stories by Andrei Platonov, who ended his days sweeping streets.
Joseph Brodsky

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

What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.
Joseph Brodsky

Who included me among the ranks of the human race?
Joseph Brodsky

Type:
Poet
Date of Birth:
1940-05-24
Year of Death:
1996
Nationality:
American
 

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