Joseph Conrad

(1857-1924 / Berdychiv)

Joseph Conrad Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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