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Joseph Brodsky Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

 

Bad literature is a form of treason.
- Joseph Brodsky

Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover:
if not as a guide through the world,
then as a yardstick for the language.
- Joseph Brodsky

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.
- Joseph Brodsky

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

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.
- Joseph Brodsky

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

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

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
- Joseph Brodsky

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

How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
- Joseph Brodsky

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

Who included me among the ranks of the human race?
- 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

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

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Things are only impossible until they're not.
- Jean-Luc Picard, character in STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The philosophy of the school room in one generation
will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- Abraham Lincoln

Friendship must dare to risk, or it's not friendship.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation

Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business
in which no cumulative wisdom is gained:
each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
- Bill Cosby

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Married people from my generation are like an endangered species!
- Patrice Leconte

This generation has given up on growth.
They're just hoping for survival.
- Penelope Spheeris

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders
and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.
- Ben Lindsey

He plants trees to benefit another generation.
- Caecilius Statius

The awareness that health is dependent
upon habits that we control
makes us the first generation in history
that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
- Jimmy Carter

I wish to share and pass down some of my generation's traits,
and encourage young people to create their own art,
music, and literature.
- David Amram

I think that new communications are wonderful and I
am delighted to be a part of the Internet generation.
- Judy Collins

I'm in my 10th generation of TV critic now.
- Geraldo Rivera

I never threw an illegal pitch.
The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't
never been seen by this generation.
- Satchel Paige

The young do not know enough to be prudent,
and therefore they attempt the impossible -
and achieve it,
generation after generation.
- Pearl S. Buck

This might be the first generation where kids are dying
at a younger age than their parents and it's related
primarily to the obesity problem.
- Judy Davis

Every generation needs a new revolution.
- Thomas Jefferson

Television has made places look alike,
and it has transformed the way we see.
A whole generation of Americans, maybe two,
has grown up looking at the world through a lens.
- Ronald Steel

As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good
at all, even in his own generation.
But as a personality, he is immortal.
- Max Beerbohm

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity.
In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
- Paul Gauguin

But go on, valiant champion; you die not as a fool,
though the apostate, unfaithful, and lukewarm ministers
and professors of this generation think and say so.
- Donald Cargill

Mr. Reagan spent World War II, the global conflict
fought and won by his generation,
making training films in Hollywood.
- R. W. Apple, Jr.

Every generation renews itself in its own way;
there's always a reaction against whatever is standard.
- Sol LeWitt

I begin to feel like I was in the last generation of
Americans who took a civics class.
- Roger Ebert

In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation,
popular hits came out of shows and movies.
- Stephen Sondheim

What business has science and capitalism got,
bringing all these new inventions into the works,
before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!
- Henrik Ibsen

I was a TV junkie as a kid.
I am the Sesame Street generation.
- Darren Aronofsky

When the generation after me started getting on the cut,
a lot of them would call me over to hang out or go
jam and scratch and they were always separate from each other.
- Eric San

In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity
to deliver a modern Marshall plan for the developing world.
- Gordon Brown

Who will take responsibility for raising the next generation?
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hardly any generation wants to take the whole of the last generation,
it just wants to take its best bits.
- Ninette de Valois

The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities
under free government is the most significant,
if not the most momentous, event of our generation.
- Woodrow Wilson

What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.
- Susan Griffin

No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist
or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds.
My father's Italian, my mother was of Swedish descent.
They're both first-generation Americans.
- Susan Lucci

My friends and I took songwriting very,
very seriously.
My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people
like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a
whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder
and beauty that it brought previous generations.
- Robert Caro

Nobody in America, in the modern generation,
has read their mythology or legends.
- Kenneth Anger

My father's generation gave to my generation a land
of wealth and purpose and world economic dominance.
- Paul Tsongas

I'm optimistic that we are actually seeing the opportunity
of a generation being created in this.
- Peter Mandelson

Only very rarely are foreigners or first-generation
immigrants allowed to be nice people in American films.
Those with an accent are bad guys.
- Max von Sydow

Every ten years there is a new generation of actors.
- Barbet Schroeder


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