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Joseph Conrad Quotes

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

A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.

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

A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.

A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway.

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

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

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.

Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.

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.

As to honor - you know - it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.

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

Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.

Don't you forget what's divine in the Russian soul and that's resignation.

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.

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

For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.

Going home must be like going to render an account.

Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.