"What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Joseph Brodsky on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Joseph Brodsky on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Joseph Brodsky on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Joseph Brodsky on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Joseph Brodsky on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language."
"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."
"Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family."