Joseph Conrad

(1857-1924 / Berdychiv)

Joseph Conrad Quotes

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

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