Quotations by Author

Joseph Brodsky

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

Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.

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

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.

Man is what he reads.