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    I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude - and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating. It echoed loudly within him because he was hollow at the core.
    — Joseph Conrad
    My task is to make you hear, to make you feel,and, above all, to make you see. That is all, and it is everything.
    — Joseph Conrad
    You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  friends 
     
    Like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds. We live in the flicker.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: live  running 
     
    His very existence was improbable, inexplicable, and altogether bewildering. He was an insoluble problem. It was inconceivable how he had existed, how he had succeeded in getting so far, how he had managed to remain - why he did not instantly disappear.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: existence  problem 
     
    I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  ambition 
     
    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.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  women  courage 
     
    They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force-nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: weakness  strength 
     
    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.
    — Joseph Conrad
    It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: thoughts  eyes  majority 
     
    It is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self knowledge.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: belief  men  self 
     
    In order to move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away beyond the bounds of our normal sensibility.
    — Joseph Conrad
    He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: power  trust  right 
     
    I slipped the book into my pocket. I assure you to leave off reading was like tearing myself away from the shelter of an old and solid friendship.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: friendship  reading  book 
     
    It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: fate  people  earth 
     
    The conquest of the earth... is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only... not a sentimental pretence but an idea.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: earth  ideas 
     
    It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: mistakes 
     
    A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: truth  body 
     
    Watching a coast as it slips by the ship is like thinking about an enigma. There it is before you, smiling, frowning, inviting, grand, mean, insipid, or savage, and always mute with an air of whispering, "Come and find out".
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: thinking  savage 
     
    The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: belief  evil  men  alone  supernatural 
     
    You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: death  world  hate  lies 
     
    Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  women 
     
    You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  friends 
     
    The ethical view of the universe involves us in so many cruel and absurd contradictions that I have come to suspect that the aim of creation cannot be ethical at all.
    — 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.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: earth 
     
    If you don't make mistakes, you don't make anything .
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: mistakes 
     
    What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it.
    — 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.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: chance  men  work  reality 
     
    Ah! These commercial interests - spoiling the finest life under the sun. Why must the sea be used for trade - and for war as well?...It would have been so much nicer just to sail about, with here and there a port and a bit of land to stretch one's legs on, buy a few books and get a change of cooking for a while.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: war  book 
     
    The good author is he who contemplates without marked joy or excessive sorrow the adventures of his soul amongst criticisms.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: joy  adventure  sorrow  soul  author 
     
    One must explore deep and believe the incredible to find the new particles of truth floating in an ocean of insignificance.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: truth  believe  ocean 
     
    God is for men, and religion for women.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  women  god 
     
    The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: live  questions 
     
    Everything can be found at sea according to the spirit of your quest.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: spirit 
     
    The last thing a woman will consent to in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: men  women  courage 
     
    Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: success 
     
    Few men realize that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: belief  character  men 
     
    It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.
    — Joseph Conrad
    tags: strength 
     
    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.
    — Joseph Conrad
    Yet, when one thinks of it, diplomacy without force is a but a rotten reed to lean upon.
    — Joseph Conrad
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    joseph conrad
    Birth    : December 3, 1857
    Death  : August 3, 1924
    Occupation  : Author