Joseph Conrad Quotes

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

Joseph Conrad

The true peace of God begins at any spot a thousand miles from the nearest land

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

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.

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still...

Joseph Conrad

What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history?

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

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

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.

Joseph Conrad

For the great mass of mankind the only saving grace that is needed is steady fidelity to what is nearest to hand and heart in the short moment of each human effort.

Joseph Conrad

A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.

Joseph Conrad

Facing it always facing it that's the way to get through.

Joseph Conrad
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