Quotations From JOSEPH CONRAD

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  • 11.
    The horror! The horror!
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Kurtz, in The Heart of Darkness, ch. 3 (1902). Kurtz's dying words.
  • 12.
    Droll thing life is—that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself—that comes too late—a crop of unextinguishable regrets.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British writer. Heart of Darkness, ch. 3, p. 65, Dover Publications (1990).

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  • 13.
    To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. the narrator, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, prologue (1911).

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  • 14.
    It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. A Personal Record, ch. 6 (1912).

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  • 15.
    Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. A Personal Record, ch. 1 (1912).

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  • 16.
    A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The narrator, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1911).

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  • 17.
    The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement—but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. the narrator, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 2, ch. 3 (1911).
  • 18.
    The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 35 (1906). "The sea—this truth must be confessed—has no generosity. No display of manly qualities—courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness—has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power." (Ch. 36).

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  • 19.
    History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 8 (1906).

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  • 20.
    The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 28 (1906).

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