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Quotation by 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 (b. 1940), Russian–born-U.S. poet, critic. Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
Brodsky was "asked" to leave the U.S.S.R. in 1972.
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