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- Here are luxury and penury, abundance and the most extreme deprivation, piety and atheism, ... and an unbelievable frivolity—warring elements which, out of their constant conflicts, create this marvelous, outrageous, gigantic whole which we know by its collective name: Moscow.
- Best view of Moscow is from the belly of the bomber.
- Joseph Brodsky
- Quoted in Lev Losev, Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life, Yale University Press, 2011.