"Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions." - Joseph Conrad

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

"No man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge." - Joseph Conrad

"The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage." - Joseph Conrad

"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

"Caricature: putting the face of a joke upon the body of a truth." - Joseph Conrad

"The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future." - Joseph Conrad

"I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more - the feeling that I could last forever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men." - Joseph Conrad

"To be busy with material affairs is the best preservative against reflection, fears, doubts ... all these things which stand in the way of achievement. I suppose a fellow proposing to cut his throat would experience a sort of relief while occupied in stropping his razor carefully." - Joseph Conrad

"History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird." - Joseph Conrad

"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

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

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