Quotation by Joseph Conrad

It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our griefs ... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.
Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born-British novelist. "A Familiar Preface," A Personal Record (1912).
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