Here are some quotes from the author of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness:
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
All roads are long which lead to one's heart's desire.
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.
If you don't make mistakes, you don't make anything.
To a teacher of languages 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.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.