Quotations From JOSEPH CONRAD

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  • 1.
    Don't you forget what's divine in the Russian soul—and that's resignation.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Victor Haldin, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1911).
  • 2.
    Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. the narrator, in Under Western Eyes, prologue, pt. 1 (1911).
  • 3.
    Nations it may be have fashioned their Governments, but the Governments have paid them back in the same coin.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. the narrator, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1911).
  • 4.
    I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. the narrator, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, prologue (1911).

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  • 5.
    The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket. Revolution, legality—counter-moves in the same game; forms of idleness at bottom identical.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Secret Agent, ch. 4 (1907).
  • 6.
    Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).

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  • 7.
    Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).

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  • 8.
    All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. All intellectual and artistic ambitions are permissible, up to and even beyond the limit of prudent sanity. They can hurt no one.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).

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  • 9.
    In order to move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away beyond the bounds of our normal sensibility.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born English novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
  • 10.
    There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Lord Jim, ch. 2 (1900).

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