Joseph Conrad (born
Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
) was a Polish-born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner.
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You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
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.
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes I suppose.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary;
men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
There is something haunting in the light of the moon;
it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
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.
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.
My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
As to honor -- you know -- it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.
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.
It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
We live as we dream--alone....
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.
It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth.
The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our grieves... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.
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.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
I have been called romantic. Well, that can't be helped. But stay. I seem to remember that I have been called a realist also. And as that charge too can be made out, let us try to live up to it, at whatever cost, for a change.
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.
Being a lady is a frightfully troublesome assignment, since it comprises mainly in managing men.
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.
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.
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.
Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines.
To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
You can t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity.
It is his clear duty. And least of all can you condemn an artist pursuing, however humbly and imperfectly, a creative aim. In that interior world where his thought and his emotions go seeking for the experience of imagined adventures, there are no policemen, no law, no pressure of circumstance or dread of opinion to keep him within bounds. Who then is going to say Nay to his temptations if not his conscience?
There is a kind way of assisting our fellow-creatures which is enough to break their hearts while it saves their outer envelope.
The good author is he who contemplates without marked joy or excessive sorrow the adventures of his soul amongst criticisms.
Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself not for others--what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.
A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
The ocean has the conscienceless temper of a savage autocrat spoiled by much adulation
I do not know whether I have been a good seaman, but I know I have been a very faithful one.
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.
Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance, each carrying away some crumb of that belief in a few simple notions you must cling to if you want to live decently and would like to die easy!