It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.— Joseph Conrad
The most remarkable Joseph Conrad quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
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.
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary;
men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes I suppose.
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil water-way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky--seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.
We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness
Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity.
That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.
I do not know whether I have been a good seaman, but I know I have been a very faithful one.
The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
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.
All a man can betray is his conscience.
But it is like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds. We live in the flicker - may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling!
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
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 something haunting in the light of the moon.
All creative art is magic, is evocation of the unseen in forms persuasive, enlightening, familiar and surprising.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
I suppose everybody must be always just a little homesick.
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.
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.
In order to move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away beyond the bounds of our normal sensibility.
You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity.
It is his clear duty.
Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.
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 is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine.
Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury.
A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.
The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in this, that it frees one from all scruples as regards ideas.
Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear.
As a general rule, a reputation is built on manner as much as on achievement.
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.
They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force--nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
Everybody had to be thoroughly understood before being accepted.
Kisses are the remnants of paradise.
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.