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Yevgeny Yevtushenko Quotes and Sayings

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A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Related topics: Poetry

Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn
are the most intelligent.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder
to shoulder in solidarity,
while liberals fall out among themselves?
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it,
who never knew the price of happiness,
will not be happy.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

 

In my blood there is no Jewish blood.
In their callous rage, all anti-Semites must hate me now as a Jew.
For that reason I am a true Russian.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I love sport because I love life, and sport is one
of the basic joys of life.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Only when the sense of the pain of others begins does man begin.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Give me a mystery - just a plain and simple one -
a mystery which is diffidence and silence,
a slim little bare-foot mystery: give me a mystery -
just one!
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Translation is like a woman.
If it is beautiful, it is not faithful.
If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet,
which is to be barely known at all.
- Howard Nemerov

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.
- Sofia Kovalevskaya

You do not become a critic until it has been completely
established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.
- Theophile Gautier

Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of
the greatest poets in the world but he's hardly ever mentioned.
- Robert Adamson

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can
earn much more money writing or talking about his art
than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden

The true poet for me is a priest.
As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
- Gustave Flaubert

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings
to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything.
Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
- Howard Nemerov

The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
- Jean Cocteau

But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter
is you sell your copyright.
As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright,
you maintain your copyright.
- Beth Henley

The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being
able to be himself and others,
as he wishes.
- Charles Baudelaire

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
- Vicente Aleixandre

The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique,
on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
- W. H. Auden

A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after
the seventh day of creation.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus, the poet's word is beginning to strike forcefully
upon the hearts of all men,
while absolute men of letters think that they alone live in the real world.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Everything on this record is what I really wanted to say,
and I'm back to being the poet I always thought I was.
- Stevie Nicks

To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish
to me as to decide to become a poet.
- Karl Jaspers

All a poet can do today is warn.
- Wilfred Owen

One can't write for all readers.
A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry.
- Nathalie Sarraute

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound
anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that
as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas;
he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.
- Paul Valery

A poet's cultural baggage and erudition can interfere with a poem.
- Douglas Dunn

I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed
the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us,
the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings.
- Ella R. Bloor

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it;
blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches;
for the Creator,
there is no poverty.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven,
he might better stick to the horse, and some day the
horse may carry him into heaven.
- Charles Ives


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