Twentieth-century Russian literature has produced nothing special except perhaps one novel and two stories by Andrei Platonov, who ended his days sweeping streets.
Quote by Joseph Brodsky
For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
Man is what he reads.
This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising.
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...
Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not...
For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is,...
Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and...
Who included me among the ranks of the human race?
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any...
It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve...
Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.
Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.
The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
For boredom speaks the language of time, and it is to teach you the most...
What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the...
A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play...