Joseph Conrad

(1857-1924 / Berdychiv)

Joseph Conrad Quotes

  • ''All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. All intellectual and artistic ambitions are permissible, up to and even beyond the limit of prudent sanity. They can hurt no one.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
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  • ''In order to move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away beyond the bounds of our normal sensibility.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born English novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
  • ''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 (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
  • ''Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. A Personal Record, ch. 1 (1912).
  • ''It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. A Personal Record, ch. 6 (1912).
  • ''The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. "Dame de compagnie," pt. 2, ch. 4, Under Western Eyes (1911).
  • ''Droll thing life is—that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself—that comes too late—a crop of unextinguishable regrets.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British writer. Heart of Darkness, ch. 3, p. 65, Dover Publications (1990).

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