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Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevtushenko in 2009
Born Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Gangnus
(1933-07-18) 18 July 1933 (age 83)
Zima Junction, Siberia, USSR
Occupation Poet, writer, film director, publisher
Nationality Russian
Period 1949-current
Notable works Babi Yar
Website
www.evtushenko.net

He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage.
Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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!
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I love sport because I love life, and sport is one of the basic joys of life.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves?
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
Envy is an insult to oneself.
Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful. If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.
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Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Only when the sense of the pain of others begins does man begin.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko