Heart of Darkness Quotes

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"And this also has been one of the dark places of the earth."
-- Marlow (chapter 1 paragraph page 67)

Importance: This is the opening statement in Marlow's story, and it foregrounds the degree to which human nature has not changed, even though society has made progress in 2000 years.

"I was one of the Workers, with a capital—you know. Something like an emissary of light, something like a lower sort of apostle."
-- Marlow (chapter 1 paragraph p. 76)

Importance: The women send Marlow to Africa with the purpose of civilizing the savages, and bringing enlightenment to their primitive ways. Marlow is not a believer in this project, which is why he notes the capital W in workers. He sees himself as a hired captain on a steamboat.

"[Only by working] could I keep my hold on the redeeming facts of life."
-- Marlow (chapter 1 paragraph p. 89)

Importance: Marlow is surrounded by incompetent or idealistic people, and he keeps his sanity by focusing on the practical things that can be done...

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