"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."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Joseph Conrad on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Joseph Conrad on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Joseph Conrad on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Joseph Conrad on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Joseph Conrad on Booker T. Washington
"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."
"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."
"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."