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Yevgeny Yevtushenko Quotes





A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
[Poetry]
 

A show of envy is an insult to oneself.
 

Envy is an insult to oneself.
 

Give me a mystery - just a plain and simple one - a mystery which is diffidence and silence, a slim little bare-foot mystery: give me a mystery - just one!
 

He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage.
 

I love sport because I love life, and sport is one of the basic joys of life.
 

In my blood there is no Jewish blood. In their callous rage, all anti-Semites must hate me now as a Jew. For that reason I am a true Russian.
 

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
 

Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.
 

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
 

Only when the sense of the pain of others begins does man begin.
 

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
 

Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy.
[Sorrow]
 

Time has a way of demonstrating . . . the most stubborn are the most intelligent.
[Intelligence]
 

Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent.
 

Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful. If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.
 

Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves?