Joseph Brodsky Quotes

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I always adhered to the idea that God is time, or at least that His spirit is.

God

On the whole, love comes with the speed of light; separation, with that of sound.

love

Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment.

writing

Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.

life

No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly.
— Joseph Brodsky

home

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.

poets

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.

life