"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Joseph Brodsky on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Joseph Brodsky on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Joseph Brodsky on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Joseph Brodsky on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Joseph Brodsky on Robert Frost
"For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language."
"What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness."
"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."
"Man is what he reads."
"It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything."