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Joseph Conrad

Under Western Eyes

Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
The more intelligent one is the less one suspects an absurdity."
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
in a real revolution—not a simple dynastic change or a mere reform of institutions—in a real revolution the best characters do not come to the front. A violent revolution falls into the hands of narrow-minded fanatics and of tyrannical hypocrites at first. Afterwards comes the turn of all the pretentious intellectual failures of the time. Such are the chiefs and the leaders. You will notice that I have left out the mere rogues. 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: the victims of disgust, of disenchantment—often of remorse. Hopes
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
pretentious intellectual failures of the time
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
He embodied the whole power of autocracy because he was its guardian. He was the incarnate suspicion, the incarnate anger, the incarnate ruthlessness of a political and social regime on its defence. He loathed rebellion by instinct
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
His success would matter to no one
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
this execrated personality had not enough imagination to be aware of the hate he inspired
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
characteristic of the moral corruption of an oppressed society where the noblest aspirations of humanity, the desire of freedom, an ardent patriotism, the love of justice, the sense of pity, and even the fidelity of simple minds are prostituted to the lusts of hate and fear, the inseparable companions of an uneasy despotism.
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
country where an opinion may be a legal crime visited by death or sometimes by a fate worse than mere death
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace
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