Joseph Conrad Quotes

There is something haunting in the light of the moon.

Joseph Conrad

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

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.

Joseph Conrad

For every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early, and the human race come to an end.

Joseph Conrad

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.

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.

Joseph Conrad

The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.

Joseph Conrad

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary, men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

Gossip is what no one claims to like -- but everyone enjoys.

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

It is respectable to have illusions - and safe - and profitable, and dull

Joseph Conrad

For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities --a willing movement of a man's soul with the larger sweep of the world's forces --a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.

Joseph Conrad

Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality

Joseph Conrad
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