108 Total Quotes

Joseph Conrad Quotes

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.
Joseph Conrad
#Action #Polish Novelist

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary: men alone are quite capable of every wickedness
Joseph Conrad
#Belief

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
#Polish Novelist

Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
Joseph Conrad
#Polish Novelist

It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun.
Joseph Conrad
#People

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
#Praise

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
#Fiction #Conviction

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

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
Joseph Conrad
#Polish Novelist

It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
Joseph Conrad
#Polish Novelist #Earth

His eyes were naturally heavy; he had an air of having wallowed, fully dressed, all day on an unmade bed.
Joseph Conrad
#Bed

For every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early, and the human race come to an end
Joseph Conrad
#Age And Aging

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
#Polish Novelist

It is not Justice the servant of men, but accident, hazard, Fortune--the ally of patient Time--that holds an even and scrupulous balance.
Joseph Conrad
#Fortune

The sea - this truth must be confessed - has no generosity. No display of manly qualities - courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness - has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.
Joseph Conrad
#Courage #Polish Novelist

It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.
Joseph Conrad
#Strength #Polish Novelist

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
#Polish Novelist

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

Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.
Joseph Conrad
#Danger #Exaggeration

Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. He was an absentminded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.
Joseph Conrad
#Imagination

A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
Joseph Conrad
#Polish Novelist

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
#Polish Novelist

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