Quotations From JOSEPH CONRAD


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  • 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).

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  • 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).
  • The Westerly Wind asserting his sway from the south-west quarter is often like a monarch gone mad, driving forth with wild imprecations the most faithful of his courtiers to shipwreck, disaster, and death.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 26 (1906).

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  • Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Nigger of the Narcissus, preface (1897). opening words. Conrad continued, "Art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect."

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  • As to honour—you know—it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Chance, ch. 2 (1914).

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  • How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 33 (1900).

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  • 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).

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  • There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 24 (1900).

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  • Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 21 (1900).

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  • Going home must be like going to render an account.
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 21 (1900).

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