Joseph Conrad Quotes


76 Joseph Conrad quotes:



"For every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early, and the human race come to an end"
"Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life."
"Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear."
"All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind."
"Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life."
"It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth."
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"It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our grieves... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Emotions Quotes Earth Quotes
"Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Danger Quotes Exaggeration Quotes
"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."
"Between the conception and the creation between the emotion and the response Falls the shadow"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Emotions Quotes
"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary: men alone are quite capable of every wickedness"
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"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary: men alone are quite capable of every wickedness"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"His eyes were naturally heavy; he had an air of having wallowed, fully dressed, all day on an unmade bed."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Bed Quotes
"What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history?"
"As to honor - you know - it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs."
"Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance, each carrying away some crumb of that belief in a few simple notions you must cling to if you want to live decently and would like to die easy!"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"It is respectable to have illusions - and safe - and profitable, and dull"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Illusion Quotes
"Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. He was an absentminded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Imagination Quotes
"Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys."
"You can t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty. And least of all can you condemn an artist pursuing, however humbly and imperfectly, a creative aim. In that interior world where his thought and his emotions go seeking for the experience of imagined adventures, there are no policemen, no law, no pressure of circumstance or dread of opinion to keep him within bounds. Who then is going to say Nay to his temptations if not his conscience?"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Integrity Quotes



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