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

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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. Joseph Conrad

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You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. Joseph Conrad

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

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I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat. Joseph Conrad

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

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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. Joseph Conrad

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

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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

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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. Joseph Conrad

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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? Joseph Conrad

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A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing. Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome. Joseph Conrad

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Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear. Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love -- and to put its trust in life. Joseph Conrad

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A word carries far -- very far -- deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space. Joseph Conrad

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I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself. Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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

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Going home must be like going to render an account. Joseph Conrad

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

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What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history? Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. Joseph Conrad

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Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work. Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull. Joseph Conrad

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What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace. Joseph Conrad

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I dare say I am compelled, unconsciously compelled, now to write volume after volume, as in past years I was compelled to go to sea, voyage after voyage. Leaves must follow upon each other as leagues used to follow in the days gone by, on and on to the appointed end, which, being truth itself, is one -- one for all men and for all occupations. Joseph Conrad

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As to honor -- you know -- it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs. Joseph Conrad

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The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab. Joseph Conrad

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

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The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in this, that it frees one from all scruples as regards ideas. Its hard absolute optimism is repulsive to my mind by the menace of fanaticism and intolerance it contains. No doubt one should smile at these things; but, imperfect Esthete, I am no better Philosopher. All claim to special righteousness awakens in me that scorn and anger from which a philosophical mind should be free. Joseph Conrad

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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

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Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat? Joseph Conrad

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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. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad. Joseph Conrad

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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. Joseph Conrad

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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! Joseph Conrad

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

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A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love. Joseph Conrad

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

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Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality. Joseph Conrad

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It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun. Joseph Conrad

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The Westerly Wind asserting his sway from the south-west quarter is often like a monarch gone mad, driving forth with wild imprecations the most faithful of his courtiers to shipwreck, disaster, and death. Joseph Conrad

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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

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To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence. Joseph Conrad