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Joseph Conrad
December 3, 1857 - August 3, 1924
Nationality: Polish
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Polish Novelist

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


There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten - before the end is told - even if there happens to be any end to it.

    Topics: Life

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.


There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.


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


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.


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


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


The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.


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.


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


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


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.


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


In order to move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away beyond the bounds of our normal sensibility.


Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham.


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


Going home must be like going to render an account.


It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.


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


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