Joseph Conrad

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Quotes (9)

  • Joseph Conrad: 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: It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.

  • Joseph Conrad: Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.

  • Joseph Conrad: Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.

  • Joseph Conrad: Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror?

  • Joseph Conrad: Give me the right word and the right accent, and I will move the world.

  • Joseph Conrad: 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: 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.

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Trivia (12)

  • Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness was the basis for Francis Ford Coppola's classic film Apocalypse Now (1979).

  • A Polish Navy cruiser launched in the 1930s was named 'O.R.P. Conrad' in honour of Joseph Conrad.

  • In 1894, at the age of thirty-six, Conrad decided to give up the sea and try to make a living as a writer.

  • At the age of twenty-eight, Conrad won his Master Mariner's certificate and was also naturalized as a British subject.

  • He tried to kill himself in 1878, probably after a failed love affair.

  • At the age of seventeen, Conrad applied unsuccessfully for citizenship of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As a Russian subject, he was liable for conscription into the Russian army, so to escape that his uncle agreed for him to go to France to train for a career at sea.

  • After he was orphaned at the age of eleven, Conrad was adopted by his mother's brother, Tadeusz Bobrowski, who was a lawyer in Krakow. He lived with his uncle for six years.

  • Conrad's mother died of tuberculosis in 1865, when he was only seven.

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