Joseph Conrad quote about fear from Heart of Darkness - You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me.
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You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me.
 Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899). copy citation

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Author Joseph Conrad
Source Heart of Darkness
Topic fear lies
Date 1899
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/219/219-h/219-h.htm

Context

“If you asked him for some idea how they looked and behaved, he would get shy and mutter something about 'walking on all-fours.' If you as much as smiled, he would—though a man of sixty—offer to fight you. I would not have gone so far as to fight for Kurtz, but I went for him near enough to a lie. You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies—which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world—what I want to forget. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do.” source

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