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Joseph Conrad Quotes


76 Joseph Conrad quotes:



"It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Mistakes Quotes
"Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Memory Quotes
"I would not unduly praise the virtue of restraint. It is often merely temperamental. But it is not always a sign of coldness. It may be pride. There can be nothing more humiliating than to see the shaft of one's emotion miss the mark of either laughter or tears. Nothing more humiliating! And this for the reason that should the mark be missed, should the open display of emotion fail to move, then it must perish unavoidably in disgust or contempt."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Praise Quotes
"Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality"
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Reality Quotes
"The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in this, that it frees one from all scruples as regards ideas. Its hard absolute optimism is repulsive to my mind by the menace of fanaticism and intolerance it contains. No doubt one should smile at these things; but, imperfect Esthete, I am no better Philosopher. All claim to special righteousness awakens in me that scorn and anger from which a philosophical mind should be free."
"It is not Justice the servant of men, but accident, hazard, Fortune--the ally of patient Time--that holds an even and scrupulous balance."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Fortune 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
"As to honor - you know - it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs."
"I dare say I am compelled, unconsciously compelled, now to write volume after volume, as in past years I was compelled to go to sea, voyage after voyage. Leaves must follow upon each other as leagues used to follow in the days gone by, on and on to the appointed end, which, being truth itself, is one -- one for all men and for all occupations."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace."
Author: Conrad Quotes Category: Peace Quotes
"A man's most open actions have a secret side to them."
"For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness."
"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it."
"I don't like work... but I like what is in work - the chance to find yourself. Your own reality - for yourself, not for others - which no other man can ever know."
"The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement - but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims."
"Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters."
"Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends."
"Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham."
"The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage."



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