Joseph Conrad Quotes

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures.. view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary.. view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Nations it may be have fashioned their Governments, but the Governments have paid them back in the same coin... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear... view

By: Joseph Conrad

It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth... view

By: Joseph Conrad

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends... view

By: Joseph Conrad

It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull... view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness... view

By: Joseph Conrad

There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar.. view

By: Joseph Conrad

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea... view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it.. view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence... view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life... view

By: Joseph Conrad

You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty... view

By: Joseph Conrad

It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality... view

By: Joseph Conrad

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook... view

By: Joseph Conrad

A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth... view

By: Joseph Conrad

A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns... view

By: Joseph Conrad

A man's most open actions have a secret side to them... view

By: Joseph Conrad

A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love... view

By: Joseph Conrad

A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway... view

By: Joseph Conrad

A word carries far, very far, deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions... view

By: Joseph Conrad

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind... view

By: Joseph Conrad

As to honor - you know - it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs... view

By: Joseph Conrad

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation... view

By: Joseph Conrad

It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men... view

By: Joseph Conrad

Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters... view

By: Joseph Conrad

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... view

By: Joseph Conrad