Quotation by Joseph Conrad

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 35 (1906).

"The sea—this truth must be confessed—has no generosity. No display of manly qualities—courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness—has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power." (Ch. 36).
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