"A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."
"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!"
"Great twentieth century: sputnik century: what an angst is in you, what wide perplexity! You are a good century and a century of the pit, cannibal century to the ideas you beget, century of the angry young men's target."
"He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage."
"In any man who dies there dies with him his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die but worlds die in them."
"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."
"No, Stalin did not die. He thinks that death can be fixed. We removed him from the mausoleum. But how do we remove Stalin from Stalin's heirs?"
"Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves?"