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Type: Novelist
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 08/01/1819




 

Herman Melville Quotes

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There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
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There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.
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Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, - for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it - not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
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There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.
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There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
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Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
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At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
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There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities.
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We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
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To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.
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The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
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There are some persons in this world, who, unable to give better proof of being wise, take a strange delight in showing what they think they have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.
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Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
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Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.
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Art is the objectification of feeling.
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They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
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Where do murderers go, man! Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
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Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
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In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
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A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
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Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
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Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
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A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
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There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep.
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There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.
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