July 19 marks the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, the brooding James Dean of Futurism, and while his despair eclipsed his enormous talent, he lives on in verse. We choose the 10 best quotes from poems written by Vladimir Mayakovsky, full of passion and emotion. / Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1925.Archive photo
"No gray hairs streak my soul,no grandfatherly fondness there!I shake the world with the might of my voice,and walk – handsome,twentytwoyearold." ("The Cloud in Trousers") / Mayakovsky aged 17, 1910.Archive photo
"Listen! If stars are lit. It means there is someone who needs it, It means someone wants them to be." ("Listen") / (Left to right) Alexandr Rodchenko, Victor Shklovsky and Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1926.Varvara Stepanova
"I've been over the globe almost - and life is good and it's good to be aliveand in this struggling seethingmess of ours it's the best." ("Very Good") / Mayakovsky on vacation, 1923, Norderney Island, Germany.Archive photo
"If you wish,I shall grow irreproachably tender:not a man, but a cloud in trousers!" ("The Cloud in Trousers") / Mayakovsky and Scotti, 1924.Archive photo
"This little thing, so dear to me, I withdraw from my loose pantaloons, Read it and envy me: I happen to be A citizen of the Soviet Union." ("The Poem of the Soviet Passport"). / Mayakovsky at the editorial office, 1927.Archive photo
"I would want to live and die in Paris if there were not such a place as Moscow." ("Farewell"). / Mayakovsky smoking a cigarette, 1924.Archive photo
"I won't throw myself downstairsor drink poisonnor can I put a gun to my head.No bladeholds me transfixedbut your glance." ("To Lilichka"). / Mayakovsky and the love of his life, Lylia Brik, in Yalta, Crimea, 1926.Archive photo
"Love's ship has foundered on the rocks of life.We're quits: stupid to draw up a listof mutual sorrows, hurts and pains." (Untitled last poem found after his death), 1930.Abram Shterenberg
"I want to be understood by my country,but if I fail to be understood –what then?,I shall pass through my native landto one side,like a showerof slanting rain." ("I want to be understood by my country"). Mayakovsky at his “20 Years of Work” exhibition, 1930.Archive photo
"Hey, you!Heaven!Off with your hat!I am coming!Not a sound.The universe sleeps,its huge paw curledupon a star-infested ear." ("The Cloud in Trousers").Alexandr Rodchenko
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