Osip Mandelstam Quotes

Osip Mandelstam Quotes

My turn shall also come:
I sense the spreading of a wing.

Where to start?
Everything cracks and shakes,
The air trembles with similes,
No one world's better than another;
the earth moans with metaphors.

I do not know how it is elsewhere, but here, in this country, poetry is a healing, life-giving thing, and people have not lost the gift of being able to drink of its inner strength. People can be killed for poetry here—a sign of unparalleled respect—because they are still capable of living by it.

Only in Russia poetry is respected-it gets people killed.

One cannot launch a new history - the idea is altogether unthinkable; there would not be the continuity and tradition. Tradition cannot be contrived or learned. In its absence one has, at the best, not history but ‘progress’ - the mechanical movement of a clock hand, not the sacred succession of interlinked events.

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