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A Personal Record
Joseph Conrad

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A PERSONAL RECORD 

BY JOSEPH CONRAD 


A FAMILIAR PREFACE 

As a general rule we do not want much encouragement to talk about
ourselves; yet this little book is the result of a friendly
suggestion, and even of a little friendly pressure.  I defended
myself with some spirit; but, with characteristic tenacity, the
friendly voice insisted, "You know, you really must." 

It was not an argument, but I submitted at once.  If one must! .
.  . 

You perceive the force of a word.  He who wants to persuade
should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right
word.  The power of sound has always been greater than the power

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