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Born: 1933-07-18
Profession: Poet
Nation: Russian
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Envy is an insult to oneself.

Tags: Envy, Insult, Oneself

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

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

Tags: Beautiful, Faithful, Woman

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

Tags: Else, Poet, Poetry

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

Tags: Happiness, Happy, Hell

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.

Tags: Bird, Frontiers, Poetry

Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.

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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!

Tags: Give, Silence, Simple

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

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

Tags: Basic, Life, Love

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.

Tags: Hate, Reason, True

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

Tags: Poets, Russia, Worst

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.

Tags: Control, Moral, Politics

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

Tags: Others, Pain, Sense

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

Tags: Themselves, While, Why

If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you're putting yourself out of business.

Tags: Business, Deprive, Yourself

I was a product of the times, the war, the occupation, the reoccupation, my 4 years in Britain, admiring but at the same time questioning whether they are able to do a better job than we can.

Tags: Job, Time, War

Well if done a lot of hard work to try and get people to act rationally, the fact that weve had 15 deviant Muslims, plus 5 or 8 others that got away does not mean that all Muslims are deviant or extremists.

Tags: Hard, Mean, Work

I knew that my niece was working nearby with some bank, so my wife rang up the mother and the mother called back to say that shes just called up to say she was alright.

Tags: Mother, Wife, Working

Of-course we did, but we didn't reply because we knew once this leaks the others will scatter, so in the few days we moved quickly before the press got hold of it. The press did get hold of it a few days later, we nabbed, we were able to get 15, the others got away.

Tags: Able, Away, Others

The big nest was in Afghanistan, thats not quite cleared, then there are nests in the Philippines, there are nests in Indonesia, the Malaysians are clearing up their nests.

Tags: Big, Nest, Quite

The trouble with us is that the ghetto of the Middle Ages and the children of the twentieth century have to live under one roof.

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Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.

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A man is free to go up as high as he can reach up to; but I, with all my style and pep, can't get a man my equal because a girl is always judged by her mother.

Tags: Free, Girl, Mother

As for when to reform the yuan, there is no timetable yet.

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We will not reform the yuan until the time is right even if there is external pressure.

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We are now preparing for the reform of the yuan's exchange rate system. For such reforms to take place, we need good economic conditions... and we need to do it under tight control.

Tags: Control, Good, Place

I don't personally try to balance my work because I operate under the assumption that anyone reading or watching my stuff isn't having a particularly balanced day anyway. But negative attitudes just amuse me more than positive ones.

Tags: Positive, Try, Work

When was the last time someone told you 'Look at the bright side of things' when you were depressed, and you actually paid attention to them? Maybe some people do, but I sure as hell don't.

Tags: Hell, Someone, Time

A lot of people feel that there is less artistry involved in cartoon making unless they have painstaking control of each frame.

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My mom had gotten a Super 8 camera to make home movies with, and my brother and me got our hands on it and ran with it.

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Even in a gleefully negative comic, there is optimism, although it's slightly hidden: It comes out through a comic character's sheer tenacity. He keeps going and trying to find some sort of fulfillment regardless of his perpetual failure record. That's a form of hope, a form of optimism. Really hokey I know, but it's true.

Tags: Character, Failure, Hope

I came home in the afternoon to sleep, and there was this e-mail from Comedy Central saying they were interested in having me be part of this new show called 'Jump Cuts'! So I called them right away, and the producer started laughing and said, 'We sent that e-mail one minute ago - you're so fast!'

Tags: Home, Saying, Sleep

One of the primary motivations for the series is that I never really felt that I was a person who could explain verbally what I thought all that well.

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The same sort of thing was supposed to happen when performance animation was invented: Everybody thought it would save so much time. But it became its own niche altogether.

Tags: Happen, Thought, Time

We made satires of everything - news broadcasts and TV shows that we watched. When I look at them now, they are totally amateurish, but I find it quite remarkable that we were so skeptical of the world! My parents watched them and thought they were funny; they really encouraged us.

Tags: Funny, Parents, Thought

When you get down to it, at it's root, Comedy is truth, absurdity, and pain. One of my little mottos is: 'Do you remember the Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown kicked the football and kissed the Little Red Haired Girl? Neither do I.'

Tags: Girl, Pain, Truth

Whenever I get the sort of fancy pants idea that I'm doing anything other than pure expression things start to go wrong. When I get too premeditated, things start to go wrong. I just shut that part of my brain off.

Tags: Brain, Start, Wrong
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