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Yes! Very funny this terrible thing is. 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 endeavour to do, he drowns--nicht wahr?
. . . No! I tell you! The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and with the exertions of your hands and feet in the water make the deep, deep sea keep you up.
So if you ask me--how to be?


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History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It...
JOSEPH CONRAD
A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natur...
JOSEPH CONRAD
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond fi...
JOSEPH CONRAD
As to honor -- you know -- it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It ...
JOSEPH CONRAD
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
JOSEPH CONRAD
The sea--this truth must be confessed-- has no generosity. No display of manly qualities-- courage,...
JOSEPH CONRAD
All a man can betray is his conscience.
JOSEPH CONRAD
I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.
JOSEPH CONRAD
It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.
JOSEPH CONRAD
My weakness consists in not having a discriminating eye for the incidental --- for the externals, --...
JOSEPH CONRAD
You perceive the force of a word. He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right arg...
JOSEPH CONRAD
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in li...
JOSEPH CONRAD
Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear.
JOSEPH CONRAD
Over the lives borne from under the shadow of death there seems to fall the shadow of madness.
JOSEPH CONRAD
Going home must be like going to render an account.
JOSEPH CONRAD
A word carries far, very far, deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.
JOSEPH CONRAD
The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind.
JOSEPH CONRAD
She walked with measured steps, draped in striped and fringed cloths, treading the earth proudly, wi...
JOSEPH CONRAD
It is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow o...
JOSEPH CONRAD
There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembod...
JOSEPH CONRAD
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose
JOSEPH CONRAD
As to honor - you know - it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wa...
JOSEPH CONRAD
It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them o...
JOSEPH CONRAD
It is respectable to have no illusions - and safe - and profitable, and dull
JOSEPH CONRAD
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and temp...
JOSEPH CONRAD
'The horror! The horror!
JOSEPH CONRAD
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, but fear, too, is not barren of ingenious suggestio...
JOSEPH CONRAD
I wondered how far I should turn out faithful to that ideal conception of one's own personality ever...
JOSEPH CONRAD
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his pr...
JOSEPH CONRAD
He was obeyed, yet he inspired neither love nor fear, nor even respect. He inspired uneasiness. That...
JOSEPH CONRAD
It was a dark story.
JOSEPH CONRAD
Above all, we must forgive the unhappy souls who have elected to make the pilgrimage on foot, who sk...
JOSEPH CONRAD
He existed for me, and after all it is only through me that he exists for you.
JOSEPH CONRAD
And a word carries far-very far-deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through spac...
JOSEPH CONRAD
You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
JOSEPH CONRAD
My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to mak...
JOSEPH CONRAD
And yet is not mankind itself, pushing on its blind way, driven by a dream of its greatness and its ...
JOSEPH CONRAD
But when one is young one must see things, gather experience, ideas; enlarge the mind.
JOSEPH CONRAD
Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity ...
JOSEPH CONRAD
I am saddened by the modern system of advertising. Whatever evidence it offers of enterprise, ingenu...
JOSEPH CONRAD
Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream--making a ...
JOSEPH CONRAD
We live in the flicker -- may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here ...
JOSEPH CONRAD
I saw only the reality of his destiny, which he had known
how to follow with unfaltering footst...
JOSEPH CONRAD
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
JOSEPH CONRAD