A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
Only when the sense of the pain of others begins does man begin.
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.
Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful. If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.
Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.
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!
Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Envy is an insult to oneself.