Alec Nevala-Lee

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Quote of the Day

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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 endeavor to do, he drowns…The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and with the exertions of your hands and feet in the water make the deep, deep sea keep you up…In the destructive element immerse.

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

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May 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

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  1. syntax often obscures meaning.


    May 25, 2017 at 12:12 pm

  2. It has been more than 50 years since I read Lord Jim. But this quote was the one I had retained almost verbatim. Jim’s affliction, too much idealism and romanticism, may also have been mine in youth. The quote offers a way to survive in the world as it is. Conrad is amazing, better than most and using English as a third language.


    July 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

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