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Joseph Conrad


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Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad ‪Nałęcz‬ Korzeniowski; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish author who wrote in English, after settling in England. He was granted British nationality at age 28 in 1886. However, he always considered himself a Pole and resented being classed by some critics, such as his friend Edward Garnett and his enthusiastic admirer H.L. Mencken, with Russian ... more »

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  • ''A word carries far—very far—deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 15 (1900).
  • ''A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 20 (1900).
  • It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the inca...
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 13 (1900).
  • ''Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 42 (1900).
  • ''You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 34 (1900).
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