Quotes by Joseph Conrad

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

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
– Joseph Conrad

We live, as we dream – alone.
– Joseph Conrad

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

As a general rule, a reputation is built on manner as much as on achievement.
– Joseph Conrad

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

I don’t like work – no man does – but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself not for others – what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.
– Joseph Conrad

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

I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.
– Joseph Conrad

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

The mind of man is capable of anything.
– Joseph Conrad

It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
– Joseph Conrad

The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind.
– Joseph Conrad

Never test another man by your own weakness.
– Joseph Conrad

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