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April 25, 2017

Quotations by Joseph Conrad


JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924), POLISH-BORN ENGLISH AUTHOR AND MASTER MARINER WHO IS BEST NOTED FOR HEART OF DARKNESS (1902)

18 best quotations by Joseph Conrad on dream, life, women, evil, civilization, human nature, and savagery. “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” ~ Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

“All that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“We live in the flicker -- may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence--that which makes its truth, its meaning--its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream--alone.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“I have a voice, too, and for good or evil mine is the speech that cannot be silenced”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“The mind of man is capable of anything--because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, valor, rage--who can tell?—but truth—truth stripped of its cloak of time.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“He struggled with himself, too. I saw it — I heard it. I saw the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Chance

“But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself and, by heavens I tell you, it had gone mad.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness


“Your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable greyness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamour, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid scepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“A woman's true tenderness, like the true virility of man, is expressed in action of a conquering kind.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

“They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force—nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

“A writing may be lost; a lie may be written; but what the eye has seen is truth and remains in the mind!”
~ Joseph Conrad, The Lagoon

“I couldn't have felt more of lonely desolation somehow, had I been robbed of a belief or had missed my destiny in life...”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.”
~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
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