Conrad Counsels

Today, December 3, is Joseph Conrad’s birthday—he was born in 1857. Who can forget the mysterious, tangled web that Heart of Darkness wove? Some pithy words to inspire and engage us:

“Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.”

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

“Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line,”

“I don’t like work…but I like what is in work—the chance to find yourself. Your own reality—for yourself, not for others—which no other man can ever know.”

“Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love—and to put its trust in life.”

“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the sea.”

“A word carries far, very far, deals destruction through time as bullets go flying through space.”

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

“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.”

“He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right world. The power of sounds has always been greater than the power of sense.”

“Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.”

“Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.”

And now, emboldened and inspirited, let’s all write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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