Quotations From JOSEPH CONRAD

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  • 21.
    A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 22 (1906).

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  • 22.
    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.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 36 (1906).

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  • 23.
    An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 9 (1906).
  • 24.
    To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 27 (1906).
  • 25.
    The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Heart of Darkness, ch. 1 (1902).
  • 26.
    They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born-British novelist. Razumov, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1911).
  • 27.
    Perhaps life is just that ... a dream and a fear.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Razumov, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 4, ch. 2 (1911).

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  • 28.
    A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Razumov, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1911).
  • 29.
    It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 16 (1900).

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  • 30.
    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).

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