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Joseph Conrad


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  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''It is not Justice the servant of men, but accident, hazard, Fortune—the ally of patient Time—that holds an even and scrupulous balance.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 34 (1900).
  • ''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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