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“‘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”




“He had entered by then the broad, human path of inconsistencies.”
Joseph Conrad, Victory


“Gales have their personalities, and, after all, perhaps it is not strange; for, when all is said and done, they are adversaries whose wiles you must defeat, whose violence you must resist, and yet with whom you must live in the intimacies of nights and days.”

——Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea: Memories and Impressions


“Such is the service of a fine art and of ships that sail the sea. . . .  History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird. Nothing will awaken the same response of  pleasurable emotion or conscientious endeavour. And the sailing of any vessel afloat is an art whose fine form seems already receding from us on its way to the overshadowed Valley of Oblivion. The taking of a modern steamship about the world . . . has not the same quality of intimacy with nature, which, after all, is an indispensable condition to the building up of an art. It is less personal and a more exact calling; less arduous, but also less gratifying in the lack of close communion between the artist and the medium of his art. It is, in short, less a matter of love. . . . It has no great moments of self-confidence, or moments not less great of doubt and heart-searching. . . . It is not an individual, temperamental achievement, but simply the skilled use of an captured force, merely another step forward upon the way of universal conquest.”

—-Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea: Memories and Impressions