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An elemental force is ruthlessly frank.
— Joseph Conard
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.

vanity memory

Men are workers. If they are not, they are nothing.
— Joseph Conard
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.


You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
— Joseph Conard
Gossip is that which no one claims to like—but everybody enjoys.
— Joseph Conard


Exactitude in some small matters is the very soul of discipline.
— Joseph Conard
Facing it—always facing it—that's the way to get through. Face it!
— Joseph Conard

advisory courage

In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling the bloom.


Don't you ever forget what's divine in the Russian soul—and that's resignation.


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

inner peace

A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway.


What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace.
— Joseph Conard
A task, any task, undertaken in an adventurous spirit acquires the merit of romance.


The sea never changes, and its works for all the talk of men are wrapped in mystery.
— Joseph Conard


I don't like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself.


I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself.
— Joseph Conard


Nothing lays itself open to the charge of exaggeration more than the language of naked truth.
— Joseph Conard

truth exaggeration

Woe to him whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love — and to put its trust in life!
— Joseph Conard
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.


The mind of man is capable of anything, because everything is in it, all the past as well as the future.
— Joseph Conard
The mind of man is capable of anything — because everything is in it, all the past as well as the future.
— Joseph Conard
There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam.
— Joseph Conard
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.


It is not the clear-sighted who lead the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm mental fog.


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

aspiration purpose of life life as a journey

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 Conard

courage women

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
— Joseph Conard

artists action

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


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.


I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back anymore — the feeling that I could last forever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men.
— Joseph Conard
Fifteen years of unbroken silence...testify sufficiently to my respect for criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.


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 Conard
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.


There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all of the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.


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.


To a teacher of language 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.


The artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom: to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring.
— Joseph Conard
Nowhere else than upon the sea do the days, weeks, and months fall away quicker into the past.  They seem to be left astern as easily as the light air-bubbles in the swirl's of the ship's wake.