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All Quotes by author - Joseph Conrad
" A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters. "
" 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. "
" History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird. "
" 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. "
" It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine. "
" It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog. "
" It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth. "
" 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. "
" Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear. "
" 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. "
" The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still. "
" 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. "
" To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence. "
" 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. "
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