"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."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Joseph Conrad on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Joseph Conrad on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Joseph Conrad on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Joseph Conrad on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Joseph Conrad on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."
"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."
"Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line."
"The sea - this truth must be confessed - has no generosity. No display of manly qualities - courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness - has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power."