Joseph Conrad Quotes


76 Joseph Conrad quotes:



"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."
"It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine."
"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."
"Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions."
"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."
"The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness."
"To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot."
"Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life."
"History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird."
"Going home must be like going to render an account."
"You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends."
"They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience."
"It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog."
"Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work."
"A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love."
"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much."
"An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation."



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