"The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Joseph Brodsky on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Joseph Brodsky on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Joseph Brodsky on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Joseph Brodsky on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Joseph Brodsky on Thomas Jefferson
"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."