Joseph Conrad Quotes

What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it.

Joseph Conrad

All a man can betray is his conscience.

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...

Joseph Conrad

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory

Joseph Conrad

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.

Joseph Conrad

The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind

Joseph Conrad

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

Joseph Conrad

Above all, we must forgive the unhappy souls who have elected to make the pilgrimage on foot, who skirt the shore and look uncomprehendingly upon the horror of the struggle, the joy of victory, the profound hopelessness of the vanquished

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.

Joseph Conrad

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

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

Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury.

Joseph Conrad

History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.

Joseph Conrad

There is no credulity so eager and blind as the credulity of covetousness, which, in its universal extent, measures the moral misery and the intellectual destitution of mankind.

Joseph Conrad

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

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.

Joseph Conrad
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