Joseph Brodsky quotes

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For aesthetics is the mother of ethics.... Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their po ...
The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even--if you will--eccentricity. ...
A poet is a combination of an instrument and a human being in one person, with the former gradually taking over the latter. The se ...
Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
The delirium and horror of the East. The dusty catastrophe of Asia. Green only on the banner of the Prophet. Nothing grows here ex ...
Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?
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 ...
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
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 the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysica ...
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