Joseph Conrad

English novelist (born in Poland) noted for sea stories and for his narrative technique (1857-1924)

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A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
All a man can betray is his conscience.Rate it:
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.Rate it:
A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.Rate it:
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of illusions.Rate it:
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.Rate it:
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.Rate it:
For the great mass of mankind, the only saving grace needed is a steady fidelity to what is nearest to hand and heart for the short moment of each human effort.Rate it:
Having had to encounter single-handed during his period of eclipse many physical dangers, he was well aware of the most dangerous element common to them all: of the crushing, paralysing sense of human littleness, which is what really defeats a human struggling with natural forces, alone, far from the eyes of his fellows.Rate it:
How does one kill fear, I wonder How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by the spectral throatRate it:
How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?Rate 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.Rate it:
I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.Rate it:
Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.Rate it:
It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.Rate it:
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.Rate it:
The discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed known in history.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The mind of man is capable of anything--because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The way of even the most jusitifiable revolution is prepared by personal impulses disguised into creeds.Rate it:
There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
They wanted facts. Facts! They demanded facts from him, as if facts could explain anything.Rate it:
We live, as we dream, aloneRate it:
What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it.Rate it:
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life.Rate it:
Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality.Rate it:
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.Rate it:
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?Rate it:
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.Rate it:

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